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While many New York companies plan to bring their workers back to the office in September, continued remote work threatens the city with a long and slow economic recovery, The New York Times reported.

A survey by the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit business group, forecasts that only 62 percent of office workers will return in September and for only three days a week.

The diminished number of office workers in turn will hurt small businesses that cater to these employees, the newspaper said.

“Even if just 10 percent of Manhattan office workers begin working remotely most of the time, that translates into more than 100,000 people a day not picking up a coffee and bagel on their way to work or a drink afterward,” an economist told The New York Times.

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