As the weather gets warmer (not including today) more people are heading outside to parks and the streets to get some air. But there’s a limited amount of space given the rules about staying 6 feet away from each other. This weekend, we heard from people who were upset about the crowds in Central Park.
This was #SocialDistancing in Central Park today. And the crowds haven't begun to arrive. The beaches, pools and gyms are closed. Where can people go? After a daily life in quarantine, they need to get out and walk, bike, jog & exercise. #OpenOurStreets @errollouis @NYGovCuomo pic.twitter.com/tRO7lht3ia
— melodie bryant (@bikeloveny) April 19, 2020
The mayor has been reticent to open the streets, largely because he doesn’t think he can deploy enough police to make sure people aren’t gathering in large groups.
But the City Council is set to vote on a bill to open 75 miles of streets on Wednesday. Local politicians have been supportive of opening more streets. Assembly member Linda Rosenthal has also called on the Department of Transportation to open more streets. “We have been advised to stay between six and twenty feet apart from people when we venture out in public, but it is hard to maintain adequate physical distancing in a City as densely packed as New York,” she wrote.
Gothamist has a longer review of the issue, looking at whether more streets should be opened and how best to do it.