9/11 Memorial, closed for over 3 months, reopens this weekend

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July 04, 2020 - 6:06 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Phil Murphy, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and other officials gathered in lower Manhattan on Saturday for the reopening of the Sept. 11 memorial plaza, which had been roped off since mid-March when cultural institutions shut down across the city to halt the spread of the virus.

“Independence Day is a fitting occasion to reopen the 9/11 Memorial,” Bloomberg, the chairperson of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, said in a prepared statement.

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“As we celebrate the revolutionary Declaration issued 244 years ago—and the promise of equality for all that we are still working to fulfill —we also honor all who have paid the cost, and borne the burden, of sustaining American freedom,” Bloomberg said.

Family members of people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were welcomed onto the plaza Saturday afternoon.

The memorial will be open to the public from 1 to 8 p.m. starting Sunday, with masks and social distancing required. The museum remains closed.

The memorial and the museum closed back on March 13 as New York's coronavirus cases were rising rapidly.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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