New York City will begin Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday, clearing the way for services including retail shops, outdoor dining and hair salons to restart operations after months of lockdown.
The announcement came as somewhat of a surprise, as it contradicted previous statements from Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had warned earlier in the week that Phase 2 could be pushed back until July. Even on Wednesday, the mayor stopped short of confirming Phase 2 would begin next week at his own morning briefing.
“If you’re judging by today’s numbers, we’re in great shape, and I’ve been impressed that they’ve been…