City's open streets initiative gets early start as weather warms

The open streets initiative got an early start Saturday as warm weather is expected through the weekend.

News 12 Staff

May 2, 2020, 1:39 PM

Updated 1,483 days ago

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The open streets initiative got an early start Saturday as warm weather is expected through the weekend.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson say they hope to avoid issues with social distancing by giving New Yorkers space to be outdoors and 6 feet apart.
The open streets initiative started across all five boroughs. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says that the NYPD will be present to ensure everyone follows the CDC's guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
Shea says New Yorkers should continue to wear a face mask, stay at home as much as possible and socially distance from others.
"Now is not the time to relax. It is a shared responsibility of all members of our great city to do our part to continue to flatten the curve and safely get to the other side of this crisis," he says in a statement.
The streets span over 7 miles in total and are open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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