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Over 100 Miles Of Highways For Walking Will Be Closed In New York

Over 100 Miles Of Highways For Walking Will Be Closed In New York

New York City authorities plan to block 100 miles of highways so that pedestrians can walk along, keeping the necessary distance in the face of the threat of coronavirus, mayor bill de Blasio said at a press conference. New York is at the center of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States.

A total of 162,212 cases of COVID-19 were detected in the city, 41,648 were hospitalized, and 12,571 died. At the same time, an additional 5,295 deaths occurred presumably due to the coronavirus. Authorities require citizens to keep a distance of 6 feet (1.83 m). The penalty for violating the distance can be up to $1000.

"The opening of the streets (for pedestrians) will be another way in which we want to provide a distancing. It's getting warmer, it's a new challenge for us," de Blasio said.

"We have decided that we will open 40 miles in May and 100 miles (of roads for pedestrian traffic – ed.) in total during this crisis," he added.

According to him, the focus will be on streets adjacent to parks. "We expect that there will be more people in warm weather conditions. We want to expand the parks, if you want, by opening these streets," he said.

"The first 7.2 miles will be open on Monday," he added.

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