Here’s a Breakdown
It’s become apparent that COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Thankfully, New York seems to be on the right track (compared with the rest of the country) as New York leaders have seemingly taken the correct precautions so that businesses and other establishments can reopen safely in a limited capacity this summer. At the end of June, New York entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan which allowed many of these businesses to reopen – including many businesses housed in commercial space like The Cigar Factory. What does that mean exactly? How do Phase 3 and 4 affect commercial office space? Here’s a breakdown of info to know about New York reopening plus how we’re handling it at The Cigar Factory.
New York’s Reopening: A Breakdown
After adhering and paying attention to precautions and guidelines set by the WHO, CDC, and other notable health organizations — such as hospitalization and infection rates — New York rolled out Phase 1 of its 4-phase reopening plan. Phase 1 allowed curbside pickup at retail stores as well as certain manufacturers and construction sites to resume work again.
Exactly two weeks later, right on cue, Phase 2 of New York’s reopening plan went into full swing at the end of June. This is exciting as Phase 2 allowed people to start enjoying life more as they knew it before COVID-19: Outdoor dining, in-store shopping, hair and nail appointments and other similar establishments were all allowed to reopen (under strict restrictions, of course) in this phase. Most importantly for The Cigar Factory, many commercial offices were allowed to reopen with limited capacity and with strict precautionary measures in place.
On July 6th, Phase 3 rolled out in New York City. This phase allows more businesses in the hospitality industry to reopen. Additionally under this phase, gatherings of up to 25 people (rather than 10) are now allowed.
Some regions have already begun rolling out Phase 4 of the plan which allows “low-risk” art and entertainment establishments — such as outdoor zoos, parks, higher education campuses, museums, and more — to reopen. Additionally, gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed under this phase. However, movie theaters, malls, and gyms are still not allowed to reopen in Phase 4. Governor Cuomo has announced that New York state will evaluate whether or not public schools will reopen in the fall at the beginning of August.
There are talks of a potential Phase 5 since many businesses are not included in the 4-phase New York reopening plan, but nothing is concrete at this time.
What Restrictions Are Still in Place?
As much as we’d like to say it’s back to business as usual, it will be anything but usual for a while still. Under New York’s reopening phase plan, certain guidelines must still be followed in order for this rollout to stick. None of us want to revert back into full lockdown, so here are some important tips on what we must do as a community in order to keep things rolling:
- All businesses are required to follow social distancing guidelines (ie: patrons/employees must stay at least 6 feet away from each other). Businesses are encouraged to purchase and display social distancing decals to help patrons remember and adhere to these guidelines correctly.
- Only one person only is allowed in confined spaces (such as elevators or behind a register) at a time.
- Wear a mask at all times in public places.
- Limit in-person meetings (if you must have them, follow social distancing and mask guidelines).
- Constantly disinfect surfaces – between each interaction is preferable – and put up signs/markers to help patrons correctly social distance from one another.
What Does New York Reopening Mean at The Cigar Factory?
Like the rest of the world, we have been carefully following the progression of COVID-19 in the U.S. as well as locally here in New York City. We are ecstatic to announce that our tenants can come back to work (as long as all mandated guidelines are followed). Please maintain social distancing, disinfect your office as well as all the equipment in it, and wear masks. We will do our part to make sure the rest of the building is properly disinfected and cleaned at all times as well.
We’re here to answer any questions you may have, either as current or prospective tenants. Please feel free to contact us at (646) 964-6184 and we’ll be happy to help however we can.