The city is on track to begin Phase 1 of reopening.

By Tanner Saunders
May 29, 2020
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New York City is expected to begin reopening on June 8, according to The New York Times.

The epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, New York City has been on lockdown since March as it worked to contain the virus, which has killed over 30,000 people across the five boroughs.

According to the Times, during the first phase of reopening, stores can resume business with curbside pickup, and nonessential construction and manufacturing may also resume.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a set of benchmarks that regions of the state would need to meet in order to begin reopening. Those benchmarks include a decline in total hospitalizations and deaths, as well as testing criteria and contact-tracing capacity. As of today, New York City is the only place in the state that has not met the criteria, but is on track to do so by June 8, according to the Times.

“I am proud of the way New York City is figuring it out,” Governor Cuomo said, the Times reported. In addition, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We are on now the gateway to the next big step.”

Across the state, other regions were cleared to enter Phase 2 of reopening, allowing for stores and offices to reopen, along with services like hair and nail salons. However, all businesses will operate under new restrictions to help prevent a resurgence of the virus.

The CDC has released new guidelines for how offices should handle reopening in the United States, including removing communal coffee pots, checking employees’ temperatures, and staggering start times so employees can avoid rush hour commutes on public transportation.

Meanwhile, in New York, Williamsburg’s Domino Park has been painted with circles to ensure social distancing as people seek to spend time outdoors during the summer. Public beaches are open for walking and exercise, but closed for swimming and lounging. Restaurants continue to serve food for pickup and delivery, including alcoholic beverages.

Yankee Stadium will be hosting drive-in movies and concerts over the course of the summer, but arguably the city’s most popular form of entertainment — Broadway — will remain dark until at least Sept. 6.