Shortly after Mayor de Blasio said Phase 2 would likely be in July, Governor Cuomo announced on Wednesday that, “The numbers are good, so New York City is on track to enter Phase Two on Monday (June 22). We did it ... We are stronger for it, I believe that. We’re stronger as a community.”
In phase two, restaurants are allowed to open their doors to outdoor service at 50 percent capacity, as long as six feet of social distancing can be maintained between patrons. Indoor service remains prohibited.
Terence Tubridy of Bungalow Bar said of the news, “We are cautiously optimistic, but we are taking baby steps in reintroducing our dining services. We want to do this carefully and safely for our workers. This isn’t like turning on a faucet for restaurants, so please be patient with us as we work through it.”
Sean Heeran of the Harbor Light expressed some frustration, “Unfortunately, our city officials do not understand how much the local restaurants are hurting. The Governor understands a little better. We are opening so we can survive. Our outdoor area will be open Monday, June 22 for lunch. Happy summer!”
Billy Heeran added, “We are just happy people will be able to enjoy our porch for a drink and say hello to friends they haven’t seen in a long time.”
You won’t just have your favorite restaurant to visit, you’ll be able to get your hair cut or colored as hair salons and barbershops can open with 50 percent capacity. Most offices will be allowed to open and real estate showings can start once again.
Summer starts June 21. But maybe it’s really June 22.
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