NEW YORK — New York City was cleared Friday to take the next step in its reopening next week, allowing movie and TV crews to film, zoos to welcome reduced crowds, professional sports teams to play to empty seats. Visitors are set to return to the island that houses the Statue of Liberty — but not the statue itself.
But malls, museums and restaurant dining rooms will stay shuttered in the nation’s biggest city.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the city is set to begin a limited version of the fourth phase of the statewide reopening process starting Monday. But he warned that New York’s progress is fragile as COVID-19 cases surge elsewhere in the country.