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Jun 23, 2020

17 Pictures Of NYC Reopening That Look A Bit Different Than What You're Used To Seeing

People can finally get a haircut.

1. After being shut down for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, New York City entered phase two of reopening on Monday, and even the statue of Atlas in Rockefeller Center was wearing a mask.

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2. As part of phase two, people are allowed to eat outdoors at restaurants, many of which have constructed dividers to separate tables.

Diners eat their meals separated by dividers in an outdoor restaurant seating area
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3. According to Gothamist, 4,100 restaurants in the city are now offering outdoor dining.

Guests sit outside a restaurant, which has clear panels installed between tables
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4. Given the limited amount of sidewalk space outside many restaurants, some have taken over nearby parking spaces to accommodate diners.

Diners enjoy their meals beneath tents in an outdoor restaurant seating area
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5. A National Restaurant Association survey in April estimated that 1,000 NYC restaurants had closed permanently following the start of the pandemic.

People dine in parking spaces on the street outside restaurants
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6. So it makes sense that restaurants that have managed to survive — like Da Gennaro in Little Italy — are desperate to get back in the game.

A restaurant in Little Italy serves customers seated at sidewalk tables
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7. The city estimated that some 300,000 people would return to work on Monday, which means lots more people riding the subway.

People commute on the subway in Brooklyn
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8. The MTA also expects daily ridership on the city's subway, busses, and trains to top 2 million during phase two.

People commute on the subway in Brooklyn
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9. Some in-store shopping — like at this Apple store in Brooklyn — began on Monday, too.

People wait in line outside an Apple store
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10. Employees, however, checked shoppers' temperatures before they were allowed to enter.

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11. Lines formed outside some stores due to restrictions on capacity and social distancing.

People wait in line to enter a Foot Locker store
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12. Macy's Herald Square — one of the largest department stores in the world — had plenty of room for people to spread out.

People shop at Macy's Herald Square store
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13. Bloomingdale's reminded people that "safety is always in style."

A sign describing safety measures is displayed inside Bloomingdale's
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14. Barbershops and salons also reopened at 50% capacity.

Barber cuts customer's hair
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15. Some barbers opted to wear masks as well as face shields.

Barber wears PPE as he cuts a client's hair
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16. With tables and chairs spread throughout the pedestrian areas, even Times Square seemed to return to "normal" yesterday.

People sit at tables in Times Square
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17. Although I'm not sure that word ever really applied to Times Square to begin with.

A girl poses with people dressed as the Statue of Liberty and Elmo in Times Square
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