Coronavirus Update

Last updated May 8, 2020

Central Park remains open to the public and our Central Park Conservancy staff remains committed to caring for the Park. We are diligently cleaning and conducting routine maintenance of landscapes, water bodies, and benches in order to keep the Park open as a place of solace — while practicing social distancing — during this crucial time.

It’s our shared responsibility to take care of ourselves and each other. While staying indoors is critical, if you must get air or walk your dog, please do so responsibly and:

  • Always maintain a social distance of 6 feet from others at all times, even while wearing a face covering
  • Wear a mask or face covering when in the Park
  • Avoid gathering in small or large groups and coming in contact with individuals outside of your own household
  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact. While solo exercise is okay, team sports are not permitted right now
  • Avoid all nonessential social interaction

To assist with needed social distancing, the Great Lawn, Sheep Meadow, and the North Meadow are open and for passive solitary use only.

The Conservancy continues to monitor COVID-19 developments in New York City and following the latest guidelines from Governor Cuomo, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the NYC Department of Parks. To mitigate the spread of the virus and in alignment with recommendations from public health officials the following areas and activities are closed or suspended until further notice:

  • All visitor centers
  • Playgrounds, sports and group recreation such as basketball, football, softball, and soccer
  • All event permits through and including June 30, 2020 are terminated. NYC Parks is not accepting or reviewing questionnaires for any film shoots or event applications for any special events until further notice. The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment will not grant new film permits, except for film permits for the news media.
  • The East Meadow is closed to support New York’s COVID-19 abatement efforts.

The following tours and programs are also on pause through June 30, 2020:

  • Official Central Park Tours
  • Discovery Walks for Families
  • Discovery Kits
  • Chess & Checkers House Gaming
  • Catch-and-Release Fishing
  • Pitch In, Pick Up
  • Basketball Programs and Field Day Kits
  • Lawn Games
  • Public Group Volunteering

The Park allows us to recharge physically and mentally during these unsettling times. If you are sick or feeling unwell and need to stay home or are unable to visit the Park right now, you can still enjoy its beauty and community from home by visiting #MyCentralPark. We would love to hear from you and are collecting stories of how the Park is now making a difference in your life. We invite you to join the conversation.

We encourage visitors to check this page regularly for any updates on Park operations.