Mayor Bill de Blasio: City schools will be opening in September, with precautions
During his daily COVID-19 news conference Thursday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio says city schools will be reopening this September with precautions.
"I understand parents want answers, so here are some answers. Schools will be opening in September," says the mayor.
Each school will have a maximum number of students that is allowed according to social distancing. The mayor says that some schools will be able to have all the students in the building, and some schools may have to have a staggered schedule.
Mayor de Blasio says that more than 450,000 families responded to the New York City return to school survey and 75% want to send their children back in September.
The mayor says the city is developing multiple plans and contingencies with teachers, principals and parents for schools.
Precautions will include, face coverings required that will be provided for any student who needs one, social distancing, hand washing stations and deep cleaning.
He also announced that there will be 22 open streets dedicated to open restaurants. Some streets include Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, 5th Avenue, Reed Street, Dock Street, Main Street, and Washington Street, Anchorage Place in Brooklyn.
Alternate side parking is suspended citywide from July 5 through Sunday, July 12. However, the mayor says that after July 12, once alternate side parking is in effect, people will only have to move their cars once a week, and not twice a week. De Blasio says this the biggest change to alternate side parking in the last two decades.
Starting Monday, the Staten Island ferry will return to pre-COVID-19 rush hour service.
Mayor de Blasio also announced that the 70 Mulberry Street building in Chinatown will be rebuilt after a blaze destroyed the upper floors.