Large events canceled through Sept. 30: de Blasio

David Caplan
July 09, 2020 - 4:57 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It may not come as a surprise, but Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday afternoon that large events requiring a city events permit will be canceled through Sept. 30, "as the city works to prioritize open spaces for public use."

    "The City will not issue a permit for any event in a location that interferes with the Open Streets or Open Restaurants program," read a statement from the mayor's office. "Permits will also be denied for all events larger than one block, stage/video events that require amplification, street fairs, and events in parks that may unreasonably diminish public use. The City will refund or defer fees paid in connection with a denied permit."

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    De Blasio said in a statement, "As New York has begun its reopening process, accessible open spaces are more important than ever. 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." 

     Events that do not conflict with Open Streets or Open Restaurant areas and are for locations one city block or smaller can still apply for a permit.