New York City has entered Phase 2 of its reopening process. This phase allows for the reopening of outdoor dining, in-person retail, hair salons and barbershops. Office-based jobs are also reopening. Capacity is limited to 50% in these establishment and proper precautions, such as mask-wearing and social distancing, must be met.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects up to 350,000 people to return to work in Phase 2. Daily subway ridership has climbed to 17% of pre-pandemic levels, up slightly from the MTA's expectations. Alternate side parking has been extended through June 28 to ease the process, according to de Blasio.
Two weeks prior, on June 8, New York City entered Phase 1 of its reopening process after meeting seven health-related metrics. In Phase 1, construction jobs, manufacturing sites, and select retail stores—with curbside or in-store pickup—are allowed to operate. Retail stores that reopened include clothing stores, florists, sporting goods, bookstores and more.
Approximately 400,000 people returned to work on Monday, June 8, the first day of reopening.
All told, more than 212,000 people in New York City have been infected with the coronavirus. There have been over 17,000 deaths.
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