New Yorkers are already showing mixed reactions to the shutdown of subways amidst a rapid increase in its daily coronavirus cases.
Last week, for the first time, the trains stopped running between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., as part of measures to facilitate nightly cleaning to disinfect trains.
For more than 11 decades, commuters have looked forward to the train and subway services to take them home late at nights and to work early in the mornings.
With the new measures in place, experts believe that a four hour lockdown could have a damaging impact on the state.
Authorities have estimated that some 11,000 people have been using the trains during the hours of the shutdown. Many of them are essential workers who simply cannot afford to stay at home.
Some critics argue that without the subway, New York cannot be regarded as functional. New York is one of the hardest hit cities in the world having recorded at least 189,656 cases of the coronavirus and 19,294 deaths. This according to a report by the New York Times.