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New York City began a phased reopening on June 8.

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  • New York went on coronavirus lockdown on March 22.
  • On June 8, after 78 days, the city began to ease restrictions, including allowing construction, retail curbside pick-up, and some business to reopen.
  • Business Insider Today got an inside look at what life was like under lockdown for several New Yorkers, including essential workers like a doctor, a bus driver, and a bike courier.
  • Here’s a look back at New York City under lockdown as restrictions begin to ease.
  • View more episodes of Business Insider Today on Facebook.

New York City was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. At its height on April 15, there were about 8,000 new confirmed cases, per The New York Times.

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The city has been on lockdown since March 22. On June 8, lockdown restrictions started to ease, allowing construction to resume and retail stores to open for curbside pick-up.

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On May 22, Business Insider reported that New York had about 25% of the country’s coronavirus cases and 30% of its deaths.

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As of June 8, restrictions are easing up. But while most of New York was on lockdown, essential workers like doctors, drivers, and bodega owners continued to work through the pandemic, and public transportation systems continued to run.

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Sanitation workers were a part of New York’s essential workforce. “We have to be out here to help out everybody else,” former sanitation worker Angel Santiago told Business Insider before he retired on May 15.

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Throughout lockdown, NYC parks remained open. Park-goers were required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

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