New York City will initiate a pilot program of closing two streets per borough for outdoor exercise and for people to get fresh air, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.
The city is aiming to get these sites closed to traffic and open to New York City residents by Thursday. Every site will have authorities who will enforce social distancing policies, de Blasio said.
For now, playgrounds and parks remain open in the city, but the city is working with state and local officials to maximize education and enforcement.
The city will continue to monitor the situation until Saturday evening, at which point they will decide whether residents are adhering to social distancing policies well enough, or if they need to close playgrounds for the foreseeable future.
Citi Bike will also over a free 30-day membership for “essential workers,” de Blasio said.