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Mayor de Blasio has to stop speaking in the future tense when it comes to the plans that need to be on the table for reopening New York City.

“We’re going to be briefing all New Yorkers” on the details, he said Tuesday. “It’ll all be in place ... we’re going to be working with the MTA.” Again on Wednesday the future tense kept appearing: “We’re going to figure out how and when we can reopen bars and restaurants, how much outdoors is going to play a role in that ... That’s not part of phase one but it is something we’ll have more to say on soon.”

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