NEW YORK (77 WABC) — The city is pointing toward the first half of June for the first phase of restarting, Mayor de Blasio said at his briefing Thursday. It would mean construction, not already in progress, and other manufacturing, would resume.
He said Thursday was a “pretty good day” as two of three leading indicators were tracking lower. But the number of positive COVID-19 tests went up slightly.
Another sign of the city’s recovery, de Blasio announced increased service on the Staten Island Ferry, with trips every 30 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hour.
The mayor said more than 1,400 homeless individuals accepted services since the May 4 from the overnight subway shutdown.
The city is continuing the “Summer All Out” initiative to prevent crime in the hotter months. de Blasio said 300 officers across 10 commands will participate.
The mayor says NYC could see a Phase 1 reopening in the first half of June. It is unclear if it'll happen in the first or second week. That would allow for construction to resume, beyond what’s already happening, like wholesale trade and different types of manufacturing.
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) May 21, 2020
BREAKING: @NYCMayor announces increased service on the Staten Island Ferry, with trips running every 30 minutes during rush hour as of this afternoon.
Half hour service will run from 5 AM to 9 AM and 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM. https://t.co/kL6Bw4mTBx
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) May 21, 2020