Reopen News: NYC Phase 2 reopening set to send around 300,000 back to work

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The reopening of New York City will take another big step on Monday, as the start of Phase 2 will send 300,000 more workers back to businesses and offices around town, restaurants will be able to offer outdoor dining and services like in-store retail and barbershops will welcome customers anew.

Barbershops and salons will be reopening at 50% capacity by appointment-only (no walk-ins).

A lot of retail businesses had put boards up, especially in SoHo where there was rioting and looting a few weeks ago. Those are also expected to come down as they welcome back customers.

All businesses that can reopen for Phase 2:

- Commercial Building Management
- Essential and Phase Two In-Store Retail Businesses
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Offices
- Outdoor and Take-Out and Delivery Food Services
- Real Estate Services
- Retail Rental, Repair and Cleaning Activities
- Vehicles Sales, Lease and Rental Companies

From Astoria to the Upper West Side and down to the West Village, tables are out as restaurants get ready to reopen to diners. It's a move to get businesses back to work and save those who have been struggling to survive.

The city has dropped regulations and agreed to close streets to make room for more tables in parking spaces through Labor Day. Sidewalk seating will be extended through October.

The city launched a website Friday for restaurants owners to register for outdoor seating, which helps cut through the red tape and gives instant approval.

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