According to a new plan, during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, New York City may look like a huge street fair, which allows 40,000 small businesses to sell goods outside the store to increase trade.
“Today, we announced our open store plan, which is modeled on a partnership with open restaurants and open streets,” Mayor de Blasio said at a press conference at the City Hall on Wednesday. The Big Apple’s award-winning plan has enabled 10,000 restaurants to use sidewalks, parking spaces and closed streets for outdoor dining.
Now, retail stores will have similar opportunities to flood sidewalks and streets.
“This is an opportunity that will benefit more than 40,000 small businesses in this city and will enable them to sell goods outdoors in front of the business, so that more people can come here to shop, expand the scale, and the number of people they employ .”
The mayor said that small businesses can apply for outdoor permits through a simple online process.
Although other elected leaders like City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Democratic State Senator Jessica Ramos have promoted the outdoor shopping plan since September, de Blasio said it is now the start of the holiday. The best time to plan ahead.
“Everyone knows that for every small business, this is a crucial time of the year. We hope they can maximize it,” he said.
City officials say the plan will allow businesses to increase their revenues while protecting shoppers from the virus by keeping shoppers in the open and away from society. Umbrellas and tents may be used in the store to cover the goods, but materials must be entered every night. Any display must leave eight feet of space on the sidewalk for pedestrians.
The New York City BID Association, representing 76 business improvement districts in five administrative districts, expressed appreciation for the opening of stores.
The organization said in a statement: “Our small businesses and their workers continue to suffer from the ongoing economic impact of COVID-19, but this ambitious new plan will bring some hope for their survival.”
A recent study found that the economic impact of the coronavirus could cause a third of the city’s small businesses to close permanently.