New York City May Extend Outdoor Dining Past October 31

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio previously announced that there were no immediate plans to resume outdoor dining in the city, but there could still be options for those who are looking to go out on the town.

During his press briefing on Thursday, Mayor de Blasio revealed he is considering extending New York City’s outdoor dining program that was sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re looking at that right now. We’re trying to get a sense from the restaurant community how much interest there is in going longer,” de Blasio told the media. “There’s definitely openness on our part to going longer if we think it will contribute something.”

The plan was initially set to expire on October 31.

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 5.84 million confirmed cases and 180,000 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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