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The Mayor of New York city, Bill de Blasio, has ordered the suspension of zoning regulations that govern Privately Owned Public Spaces and Waterfront Public Access Areas.
While disclosing this on Monday June 29, 2020, Director Marisa Lago, stated that the executive order means that hundreds of gracious open spaces in the busy commercial districts and waterfront will be made available to help New Yorkers physically distance as they get back to work.
“The order also means that our local eating, drinking and retail establishments can temporarily expand into these spaces – all of which were created for the public’s enjoyment by our zoning rules,” Director Lago said.
Following the Mayor’s Executive Order, Director Lago said temporary uses that will be allowed include dining areas, health screening stations, bikeshare docks, kiosks, retail stands and space for New Yorkers to line up safely to enter adjacent buildings.
He added that the outdoor and open-air POPS would remain open to the public during their approved hours of access.