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Bounding and bouncing into phase three: Dog runs, hoops courts reopen

New York City entered phase three of reopening on Mon., July 6 — but without indoor restaurant dining, as previously planned.

As for outdoor recreation, soccer fields, basketball, tennis and handball courts, plus dog runs have reopened.

Banjo, in brown, happily romped around with a friend in the Tompkins Square dog run on July 6. (Photo by The Village Sun)

According to a statement by the mayor, “Participants in higher-risk sports including basketball should only partake in individual or distanced group training. To support social distancing, ‘parks ambassadors’ will continue staffing parks and playgrounds, handing out masks and educating patrons about maintaining safe distancing.”

Shooting hoops on the courts at Columbus Park on the first day that basketball was allowed once again. (Photo by The Village Sun)
(Photo by The Village Sun)
(Photo by The Village Sun)

Some personal-care services have reopened, including spas, nail salons, masseuses, tattooing and piercing.

Down for the revolution — and ready to take your order: Little Canal coffee shop, at Canal St. near East Broadway, is open but only offering window service — plus righteous and fiery signs in its windows. Under phase three, indoor dining is not allowed yet. (Photo by The Village Sun)

However, under state-issued guidelines, some services still are prohibited, including those where the customer would have to remove his or her mask, such as lip or nose piercing or facials, face massages or lip or nose waxing.

In addition, there are guidelines for maintaining social distancing and reducing customer time indoors.

One of them states, for example: “Tattoo and piercing parlors should consider posting designs online or in the window in order to minimize the amount of time that customers spend in the business, to the extent possible.”

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