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Coronavirus may force NYC office staffers to work remotely

Batten down the hatches — New York City is lurching closer to a coronavirus-related lockdown.

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Shutterstock Batten down the hatches — New York City is lurching closer to a lockdown .

With the largest white-collar workforce of any US city, hundreds of thousands of New York’s mobile tech-equipped workers can be dispatched rapidly to work remotely from home and alternative “safe” sites — as others tough it out in quarantine to fight the coronavirus, according to one expert.

This huge multitude of New York City workers — from Wall Street to Silicon Alley — with laptops and smartphones at the ready, could soon be working from home for extended periods, said Marc Cenedella, founder and chief executive of job-search site The Ladders.

“It’s a potentially very serious situation,” he added. “New York is particularly vulnerable. Many people come in and out of New York for business and tourism — and are at risk of a lockdown, or some type of curfew or quarantine because of the coronavirus.”

This unparalleled human exodus from the ranks of some 4 million New York workers to the suburbs and other defensive locations won’t be the only mass flight. Worst-case scenarios nationwide see as many as 100 million Americans — the aggregate white-collar population — working remotely for health reasons, Cenedella said.

As the number of reported deaths from coronavirus surpasses 3,400 worldwide — and more cases are identified in New York — the city’s businesses are moving to limit potential exposure to employees. International business travel is getting squeezed as a slate of industry conferences have been canceled, and some on Wall Street […]

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