Summer Fun

Stay healthy and have fun this summer

With the City opening up again this summer, we need to be careful to keep ourselves and our community safe. When you go outside, be sure to wear a mask and keep your distance from others. Even if you feel healthy, you can still spread COVID-19 to other people who may get very sick.

Thankfully, you can find many ways to stay connected and have fun while you stay at home or when you go outside. Scroll down to see what you can do while you join the community against the spread of COVID-19.

Getting Support

COVID-19 has impacted New Yorkers in many different ways. If you need information or support, you can visit our Coronavirus Updates page to learn about:

  • School updates
  • Free food options
  • Applying for cash and benefits
  • Mental health support
  • Resources for LGBTQ+ youth
  • And more


Find support

Virtual Activities

Want to know what you can do outside and inside this summer for free? How about a socially distant trip to a nearby beach? Or is a Mario Kart tournament more your speed? Trying to stay fit and want a free subscription to a workout app?

Check out the things you can do at home our outside for free this summer in NYC.

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SYEP Summer Bridge Program

Applications open Thursday, July 9th. 

Summer Youth is back! Earn up to $1,000 this summer with the SYEP Summer Bridge Program. This summer’s virtual program will offer opportunities to learn new skills, explore potential careers, build your professional network, and engage in your community.


Learn more & apply

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Civic Impact at Home

Change comes in many forms. We can still make a difference even when we can’t be together. Learn how to contribute to the community with service projects you can do at home, sharing your experience during the pandemic, and more.


Make a difference from home

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer

Because the city is working to stop the spread of COVID-19, this summer may be a little different than usual. From wearing masks to playground closures and free food, find out the answers to your summer questions below.

  • Do you still have to wear a mask outside? Where can I get a mask for free?

    • New Yorkers over two years old should continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public where they can’t stay 6 feet away from others. This includes walking on a busy street, going to the grocery store, and going to the doctor, among other places.
    • NYC will continue to give out face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, and during social distancing enforcement.
  • Where can I get free food this summer?

  • Can I spend time outside?

    • Yes, you can go outdoors. The fresh air and change of scenery is good for you! But avoid activities that involve close contact with other people.
  • Are parks, playgrounds, beaches, and pools open?

    • City parks are open, but make sure you take care to stay healthy. Stay 6 feet away from others, and avoid gathering in groups. Team sports like basketball, football, and soccer are not allowed at this time, and grilling areas are closed.
    • Beaches will open for swimming on July 1. If you visit, you should try to stay at least 6 feet away from others and only swim when lifeguards are on duty. Before July 1, you can walk, run, or exercise on sand and boardwalks during regular park hours.
    • Pools are closed at this time.
  • What's the plan for summer school?

    • Summer school will happen remotely. For more information on dates and other plans, visit the NYC Schools website.