New York City Enters Phase One of Reopening After Coronavirus Lockdown

New York City officials implemented a variety of social distancing safety measures as the city entered phase one of its four-part reopening plan on Monday, June 8.

New floor decals and signage encouraging social distancing were installed in subway stations throughout the city, New York City subway officials said on Twitter on Sunday. Staff were giving out masks and hand sanitizer at some stations on Monday.

This video shows social distancing decals on a platform of the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway station in Queens. Lloyd Fider, who filmed the video, said it showed “the new normal” for the city’s subway platforms.

Phase one allows work to resume in construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, manufacturing, and wholesale trade. Retail businesses can also operate with curbside or in-store pickup, according to New York’s reopening guidelines.

Local media reported that between 200,000 and 400,000 people were expected to return to work in phase one. Credit: Lloyd Fider via Storyful