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April 21, 2020 05:27 pm

A new map shows that you cant maintain social distancing on many New York City sidewalks

New York’s coronavirus death toll exceeded 19,000

Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

As we stumble into the second month of quarantine in many US cities, it’s clear that by and large, we’re starting to adapt. Things that felt strange, perhaps antisocial and even reactionary — like grocery stores only allowing a limited number of people in at a time — are newly normal. It’s easier to claim personal space even in cities now that most people have accepted social distancing as the norm. That six-foot rule, however, is sometimes hard to follow, especially in population-dense places where the expectation is that people will share public space. In New York City, for example, it’s remarkably difficult: the mayor hasn’t closed many streets, and the sidewalks — plentiful though they are — feel really small.

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