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New York City set to move further into reopening as early as July 6, indoor dining allowed to return, mayor says

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People practice social distancing in white circles in Domino Park in Williamsburg during the coronavirus pandemic on May 17, 2020 in New York City.

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New York City is scheduled to begin its phase three reopening as early as July 6, which would reopen restaurants for indoor service and additional personal care businesses with reduced capacity, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. 

Phase three reopening would allow various recreational areas throughout the city, including basketball, tennis and volleyball courts to operate, de Blasio said at his daily press briefing.

Additional personal care businesses like nail salons, spas, massage parlors and tattoo and piercing facilities would be allowed to return, according to New York state’s reopening guidelines.

New York City began its phase two reopening on Monday, which allowed for in-store shopping at retail stores, visits to hair salons and barbershops and outdoor restaurant dining with health modifications and reduced capacity. On Tuesday, de Blasio announced on Twitter that the city’s beaches would be allowed to return on July 1. 

The city and the state have reported a steady decline in hospitalizations and positive Covid-19 cases for weeks. On Tuesday, around 2% of tests conducted citywide came back positive, de Blasio said. On Thursday, de Blasio announced that the city would begin offering free antibody testing to residents at 11 health and hospital facilities throughout the area. 

“Now we got work to do to get there. Let’s keep on it,” he said. 

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. 

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