Restaurants gear up as NYC begins Phase 2 of reopening on Monday

Posted at 3:11 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 18:01:31-04

MANHATTAN — Restaurants across New York City are gearing up for the next big reopening phase, but not before they handle this upcoming weekend.

The city can safely move into Phase 2, both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed.

After 111 days from the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state, Cuomo delivered an emotional, final daily address Friday.

"If we could accomplish together what we did here this impossible task of beating back this deadly virus, then there's nothing we can't do,” said Cuomo.

His address comes days before the five boroughs move into Phase 2 Monday, which will include the reopening of hair salons, in-store shopping and outdoor seating, a move Cantina managers are not quite ready for.

"We have a lot of clientele, a favorite spot so we know we'll have a lot of people so we want to make it fair for everybody,” said manager Eliza Sainz.

Masks and social distancing are mandatory moving forward, as is tracing, to see what kind of effect Phase 1 will have on the virus indicators, according to city and state leaders.

Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged concerned residents to take the next phase at their own pace.

"This is a very personal decision people need to make, and for anyone who feels cautious or uncomfortable, listen to that. Less is more,” said de Blasio.

Sainz agreed for the safety of those in and around the city.

"I understand we all want to be around each other, but it still affects a lot of people,” she said.