New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that an 8 p.m. curfew imposed during the heated protests over George Floyd’s death are set to be lifted Monday morning, when the city kicks off the first phase of its coronavirus reopening plan.
“We’re going to end it, as per now … 5 a.m. Monday morning, curfew comes off,” de Blasio said at a press briefing Wednesday. “I’d like for us never to have to use it again if we can do things right, and then we go right into the reopening.”
The first phase of the plan to lift social distancing restrictions will include construction, manufacturing and wholesale businesses, as well as retail businesses that can provide curbside pickup services.
“New Yorkers are resourceful. I have great confidence people will be ready,” the mayor said. He apologized to any businesses dealing with the “additional challenge” of having to repair their stores following the violence and property destruction that occurred during protests over the past week.