Coronavirus Update

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.

The Conservancy continues to monitor the shifting developments of COVID-19 in New York City. 

Per the latest guidance from Governor Cuomo, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the NYC Department of Parks, the following activities are suspended until further notice in Central Park:

  • Playgrounds, sports and group recreation such as basketball, football, softball, and soccer
  • Public gatherings are banned in all NYC public parks through April 12, 2020
  • All event permits through and including April 29, 2020 are terminated

While staying indoors is critical, if you must get air or walk your dog, Central Park’s lawns have been reopened to assist with the needed social distancing and for passive solitary use only. Spend just a few minutes outside, and keep at least 6 feet from others.

The Great Lawn, Sheep Meadow, and North Meadow are open now for passive use only. 

As of Sunday, March 29, 2020 the East Meadow is closed to support New York’s COVID-19 abatement efforts.

As of Wednesday, April 1, 2020 all Park playgrounds are closed until further notice.

Central Park remains open to the public. However, to mitigate the spread of the virus and in alignment with recommendations from public health officials, all visitor centers are closed.

The following tours and programs are also on pause through May 15, 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

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