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New York City mayor outlines first reopening step, lawmakers push for outdoor dining

Added 05-28-20 04:10:04pm EST - “New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday outlined the first steps for reopening the United States' most populous city, envisioning up to 400,000 people heading back to their workplaces, an easing of the lockdown that began in March.” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “New York City mayor outlines first reopening step, lawmakers push for outdoor dining”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday outlined the first steps for reopening the United States’ most populous city, envisioning up to 400,000 people heading back to their workplaces, an easing of the lockdown that began in March.

The city’s famed restaurants and bars will remain closed, except for takeout and delivery, but the City Council unveiled legislation to allow outdoor dining.

COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 of New York’s over 8 million people, making the city the American epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

With hospitalizations and deaths trending lower across New York state, all regions except the city - which is still working to increase hospital bed capacity and meet other criteria - have begun the process of restarting their economies.

De Blasio said he expected the reopening’s first phase to be announced by the second week of June and, in line with the state’s plan, would include four sectors: construction, manufacturing, wholesale suppliers and non-essential retail.

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