NEW YORK — Are you ready to head indoors?
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday Phase 3 is expected to begin on July 6 and that includes indoor dining and more personal care services reopening.
“We are excited to get people back in but we also have safety in mind. Nobody wants to go backwards,” Ken Shedwell of Fort Washington Public said. He said the Washington Heights restaurant will take all the necessary safety precautions when patrons come back for indoor dining.
Restaurants will be able to serve at 50% capacity inside and tables must be 6 feet apart.
“There will be safety precautions, distancing, face coverings. But they will be able come back,” Mayor de Blasio said.
New Yorker Umang Goel said he is ready.
“Yeah, that will be great. It’s getting really warm outside.”
But not everyone thinks heading inside is the right thing to do.
“I think it’s too soon to move to that stage,” City Councilman Mark Levine said. The chair of the health committee said, “Bars and restaurants reopening, we believe are one of the things that set off surges in Florida and Texas.”
Phase 3 will have a major impact on small businesses. The city said 50 thousand jobs are expected to return. Personal care businesses that are allowed to open include nail salons, massage, spas, tanning, tattoo and piercing and waxing.
Many small businesses are struggling right now but the city’s Department of Small Business Services continues to offer help.
“We look forward to helping every small business if we can. We have 230,000 small businesses in the city and we want to make sure all come back and all do well,” Small Business Services Commissioner Jonnel Doris said.
For New Yorkers not ready to head back inside, Phase 3 also opens more outdoor reaction. That includes basketball courts, tennis, volleyball, handball and soccer. Dog runs will open as well.
New York City also announce extended outdoor seating options. Up to 40 new outdoor dining corridors will be open by mid-July.