De Blasio hopes to open parts of NYC in June

Mayor Bill de Blasio says certain businesses may be able to open in June if the health indicators continue to move in the right direction.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2020, 3:16 PM

Updated 1,470 days ago

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The next few months are starting to look promising as New York City gears up to reopen.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is sounding more optimistic that certain businesses may be able to get back to work in June if the health indicators continue to move in the right direction. “We're gonna talk about the things that we can start up again with a lot of social distancing, with a lot of precautions in place, where people do not have to gather in tight spaces in large numbers. The last things we're gonna be able to do are where there's large crowds. That's months away. But there are some things that we hope to do…the retail sector, for example, where people can go and do what they do without creating a health danger."
In a conference call Wednesday, de Blasio talked about potentially reopening the city's restaurants in three stages, with a full reopening after Labor Day.
While the mayor didn't provide specific dates or what would be in each phase, many restaurateurs say that opening at reduced capacities wouldn't be sustainable and would rather wait until they can open with more seats.
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