Hard-hit New York City is “getting to the point very, very soon where we can take the first step to restart in phase one,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
Phase one could begin in the first or second week of June, he said.
This first phase includes opening nonessential retail — like clothing, office supplies, furniture and appliances — for curbside and in-store pickup only, the mayor said.
He predicts 200,000 to 400,000 New Yorkers will be returning to work.
All industries must keep 6 feet of social distancing, reduce occupancy to under 50% and limit confined space — like elevators and cash registers — to one person. Meetings should be limited and only in large, well-ventilated areas where participants can social distance, the mayor said.
Employees must be provided with free face coverings and proper protective equipment, he added.
Businesses also must implement health screenings where necessary, including temperature checks.
The city’s Department of Buildings, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and Small Business Services will educate, conduct outreach and support all businesses, the mayor said.
New York City’s fire department, sanitation department and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection will conduct random visits to ensure compliance. Summonses will only be issued in “egregious circumstances or repeat violations,” the mayor said.