NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City subways are set to resume 24/7 service on May 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.
Beginning last May, the subway was shut down several hours each night to allow the MTA to thoroughly sanitize and disinfect trains in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Subway trains were closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. every night and currently remain closed from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. for cleaning.
“I told the MTA, for my two cents, 24-hour service — yes," the governor said. "But the trains must remain clean and we have to help the homeless and we can’t go backward on the quality of the service.”
Cuomo also announced that beginning May 19, there would be no capacity restrictions at places such as retail stores, gyms, hair salons, and barbers shops across the tri-state area.
This is a major reopening of economic and social activity," Cuomo said.