The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) will open a trading floor for some traders on May 26, subject to new security regulations, NYSE president Stacy Cunningham said in a column in The Wall Street Journal. As reported, the NYSE has fully switched to electronic trading since March 23, closing the trading hall after the detection of coronavirus infection COVID-19 in some employees and traders.
“We chose to temporarily close the trading floor early in the pandemic to help slow the spread of the infection. Two months later, we know much more and are ready to open the trading floor with the necessary precautions as we begin to move toward a restart of the American economy,” Cunningham said.
Employees who return to the trading floor will be required to wear safety masks and keep a distance from each other. The NYSE will also require them to avoid using public transportation. In addition, “brokers and other visitors will be required to measure the temperature when entering the building,” Cunningham said. She noted that NYSE management has worked with government officials and health experts to develop protocols for the resumption of operations.