NYC Street Closures Begin Friday To Help Stop Coronavirus Spread

Gillian Smith

This article originally appeared on the New York City Patch

NEW YORK CITY – In an effort to provide more space for social distancing throughout the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio will begin a pilot street closure program this weekend in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx, the New York Post reported Thursday.

The program will run from Friday, March 27 though Monday, March 30.

According to the Post, one street from each of the boroughs will be closed to cars from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Those streets are:

  • Manhattan: Park Avenue, between 28th Street and 34th Street
  • The Bronx: Grand Concourse, between East Burnside Avenue and 184th Street
  • Brooklyn: Bushwick Avenue, between Johnson Avenue and Flushing Avenue
  • Queens: 34th Avenue, from 73rd Street to 80th Street

Police will be stationed at the corners of these streets to ensure social distancing recommendations are followed and to monitor the closures, the Post reported.

Earlier this week, safe streets advocacy groups said major streets that are closed each year for events such as New York City's car-free day, Summer Streets or the Marathon should be closed to cars to encourage social distancing.