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NYC Central Park horse carriage drivers return to work after coronavirus shutdown

New York City’s horse-drawn carriage drivers are galloping back into business after being out of work for six months during the pandemic.

The iconic horse-drawn carriages, a longtime tourist attraction, hit the pavement Saturday for the first time since March with new health and safety precautions.

Horse-drawn carriage drivers returned to Central Park on Saturday after a six-month shutdown during the pandemic.

Before picking up passengers in the park, on Saturday carriage drivers were tested for COVID-19 by testing company Mobile Health, which administered rapid results for drivers before heading to work, according to the New York Post. Hand sanitizer is also available during the open-air ride.

Drivers also offered free rides to first-responders and health care workers with IDs on

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New York Central Park carriage horses back to work after 6 months

Drivers were tested for the virus before the carriages rolled, and foes of the carriages were at the park to protest the Saturday restart.

Central Park’s carriage horses have returned to work for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit New York City last spring.

The New York Post reports that drivers were tested for the virus before the carriages rolled on Saturday for the first time in six months, and hand sanitizer was available.

“We restarted the business so we can get back in time for Christmas,” Christina Hansen, a spokesperson for the industry, told the newspaper. “It’s the season of the year that we get a lot of our business from the tri-state area and locals.”

Though popular with visitors, the industry has long been criticized by animal welfare activists who say it’s inhumane to make a horse pull a carriage through present-day Manhattan. Bill de Blasio

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