July 13, 2020
Large events requiring a city events permit will be canceled through Sept. 30 as the city works to prioritize open spaces for public use, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced recently. The order applies to events occupying one city block or more and those that interfere with the ongoing Open Streets or Open Restaurants programs.
“As New York has begun its reopening process, accessible open spaces are more important than ever,” said de Blasio. “While it pains me to call off some of the city’s beloved events, our focus now must be the prioritization of city space for public use and the continuation of social distancing.”
For events that can still proceed, the mayor’s executive order will require all permit applicants to outline their plan to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at the event site and clean the event space both during and after the event.
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