Following the 100,000 deaths due to coronavirus pandemic, New York City is preparing for reopening at the beginning of June.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, they will follow the state guidelines and approach reopening in the first or the second week of June, trying to save the economy from the accelerated free fall.
“That’s four whole parts of our economy, manufacturing, construction, wholesale, and parts of retail that haven’t been opened yet again with restrictions,” de Blasio said on the news briefing yesterday.
An estimate of 200,000-400,000 workers from the affected industries will return to work after the reopening. This estimate is a result of the April 2020 employment analysis.
Furniture and clothing stores are still under restrictions from in-store pickups.
Mayor de Blasio reminded that during the reopening of the sectors, there are plenty of rules to follow, including respecting the social distancing, wearing a mask, frequent cleaning of common areas, personal protective equipment, and health checks of the employees like temperature check and questionnaires.
Also, all the sectors can operate with only 50 % of their total capacity, which can be reconsidered with time.
Creating distance markers at workplaces is also a mandatory measure that companies need to follow in order to protect their employees.