Colleges, low-risk indoor and outdoor entertainment, media production, and pro sports with no fans can all start reopening as of Wednesday, July 8, on Long Island.

That’s when the region enters Phase 4, aka the next stage of the New York state multi-step reopening plan.

In this next step toward fully opening back up, gatherings can increase to 50 (up from 25) and places of worship can have 33% capacity (up from 25%).

Movie theaters, shopping malls, casinos, and gyms all will remain closed under the governor’s guidelines. There’s no word when these businesses can begin serving customers.

Face coverings and other social distancing mandates are still required in this phase. Click here for the full in-depth guideline of the phases.

As far as COVID-19 cases go, Nassau and Suffolk counties both have seen a significant drop in new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths while the virus has surged in other parts of the U.S.

As of July 6, Nassau had 54-related COVID-19 hospitalizations while Suffolk had 50. Both are dramatic decreases since the bug’s spike in the area mid-April when hospitalizations were well over 1,000 in each county.

Since the novel coronavirus is spiking in other states, Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacted a self-quarantine rule for anyone traveling from the following states to New York:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

If traveling from these areas, you must isolate for 14 days, says Cuomo, or possibly face fines of upwards of $10,000.

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