NEW YORK, NY – The Fifth Avenue Association reported that many stores in their district will open their doors to customers on Thursday, under the Phase 1 re-opening guidelines.
Numerous iconic stores—which have long been a popular tourist draw—have decided to open their doors for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 quarantine. Some of the stores planning to reopen on June 11 include Tiffany, Bergdorf Goodman, and Louis Vuitton.
The Fifth Avenue Association represents a collection of midtown’s most iconic shops, in a district that stretches from 46th Street to 61st Street on Fifth Avenue and from Sixth Avenue to Madison avenue on 57th Street. According to a report from ABC 7 New York, the majority of the stores in this district will now allow in-store-pickup orders as well as curbside shopping.
Saks Fifth Avenue, however, has decided to remain closed, despite the citywide changes under Phase 1. Saks boarded up its windows during the past several weeks of protests. The store has not made efforts to reopen and still had guards posted outside as of Thursday, as other stores on Fifth Avenue prepared to open for business.
Despite widespread enthusiasm about moving into Phase 1, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio remains concerned about the continued spread of COVID-19. Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed similar reservations, and he notes that New York is conducting approximately 50,000 COIVD-19 tests every day.
Mayor De Blasio stated that it is still essential for New Yorkers to maintain social distancing, wear protective face coverings, and get tested for the Coronavirus, even during Phase 1.
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