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‘All Roads Are Leading’ to New York City Reopening in June: Mayor

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a media availability at City Hall Wednesday (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

May 21, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New York City is on its way to reopening as early as June 1 as it inches closer to defeating the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said today.

The Big Apple is on track to enter phase one of its reopening soon, he said.

“It’s clear as a bell,” de Blasio said at a press briefing this morning. “All roads are leading to the first half of June — the city indicators, the state indicators, we are seeing very clear progress.”

He said reopening could happen as early as June 1 through June 15, if all the indicators keep declining– such as the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs.

De Blasio warned that the deadly virus has thrown the city curve-balls in the past, but the trends have been consistent showing a June reopening is likely.

“We’re not going to rest on laurels or assume we have a crystal ball here,”  he said. “We’re basing it on the trend which has been pretty damn consistent.”

The city will not reopen all at once, but will follow the state’s guidance and begin phase one of reopening.

“Basically it comes down to will it be the first week of June or the second week of June that we could move into phase one, the state’s phase one possibly with some modifications with the reality of New York City,” de Blasio said.

That means construction, manufacturing, wholesale supply chain businesses as well as agriculture, forestry, landscaping, fishing and hunting trades can reopen.

Retail stores can also reopen, but are limited to curbside pickup and in store pickup or drop off.

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Summer is comming

Reply to Rita ;
We do wear the masks but
I noticed that its difficult to be 6ft away when inside a bus or store . Buses are becoming a bit more crowded and although I took skip a crowded bus I simply cant wait for an empty one.
We are All doing our best .
Lets hope we can get on with our lives. I miss hugging my grandkids.

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Ralph

No joke the obesity problem will worsen because of this lockdown as will mental problems in NYC!

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Gia

The virus is airborne. Proper face masks could of prevented many deaths from the beginning in this country. A quick google search could of told you this back in Feb. from studies in China and Europe. But our government was against the public wearing a mask and the media wanted us to focus on buying toilet paper.

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I agree, Trump had all the info in January and did nothing

$100k American lives lost as a result. He thinks Lysol fixes it…

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Want to know

When are public libraries going to reopen? There are many people stuck at home with no books or movies to watch and dependent on the library to provide them.

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Alison

Happy unofficial first day of summer. Miss you all in Sunnyside. Stay safe. Luving my time in Fl. and might end up making it permanent.

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Rita

Please wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart. Be respectful of people. If you choose not to wear a mask at least practice social distancing.

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