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Large Events Canceled Through Sept. 30, NYC Mayor Announced

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NEW YORK CITY – Large events that require city permits will be canceled through the end of September, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

The city will not issue any permits for events in locations that interfere with the Open Streets or Open Restaurants program, according to an announcement from the mayor’s office.

Permits will also be denied for events larger than one block, events in parks that may unreasonably diminish public use and the city plans to refund or defer fees that have been paid in connection with a denied permit.

Events that do not conflict with the Open Streets or Open Restaurants program and are for one city block or smaller may still apply for a permit, according to the announcement. All event permit applicants will be required to outline their plan to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus at the event and to clean the event space.

Demonstrations, religious events and press conferences will be exempt and may receive permits.

“As New York has begun its reopening process, accessible open spaces are more important than ever,” de Blasio said in the announcement . “While it pains me to call off some of the city’s beloved events, our focus now must be the prioritization of city space for public use and the continuation of social distancing.”

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