New York City Restaurants to Allow Outdoor Seating in Phase 2

New York City is preparing for Phase 1 of its reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, June 8. During Phase One of the reopening plan, companies that will begin to reopen are “manufacturing, construction, wholesale and retail operations, with non-essential shops opening for curbside pickup.”

If that is successful, the city will then move to Phase 2 which will allow restaurants to finally start turning up their revenue.

During the pandemic, restaurants have been limited to takeout and delivery only. However, under Phase 2 of the plan, Mayor Bill de Blasio says that restaurants will be able to have outdoor seating at their businesses.

“We will provide a massive expansion of curbside seating, a massive expansion of open space,” de Blasio said during his daily City Hall press briefing, via the New York Post. “We’ll do what it takes to help this key part of life in New York City. This is going to be another important step, but health and safety comes first.”

Customers who are not seated will be required to wear masks.

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The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 100,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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