After becoming the country’s epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City began reopening Monday, allowing nearly 400,000 people to begin returning to work, NBC News reported.
Construction and manufacturing workers were able to resume working, and retail stores were able to set up curbside or in-store pickup Monday after nearly 80 days of stay-at-home orders, according to NBC News.
“It’s been a long road to get here. New Yorkers have earned it day by day,” Mayor Bill De Blasio tweeted Monday.
The virus claimed nearly 22,000 lives in the city, a death toll larger than all but 6 countries, according to CNN.