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Over 60% of workers returning to Manhattan, but safety a concern

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More than 60 percent of workers are expected to return to Manhattan offices in September as the city recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic — but many have expressed concern about transit safety, a survey of CEOs found.

About 12 percent of Manhattan employees had already returned to the workplace in May — and that number is expected to hit 29 percent by the end of July, the Partnership for New York City’s poll of 180 top companies found.

By September, 62 percent of workers will likely be back in their Manhattan offices, the CEOs said in the report, released Monday.

The poll shows that employers are much more optimistic about returning to normal as rising vaccination rates have dramatically curbed COVID-19 infections.

In March, CEOs expected only 45 percent of workers to return to offices by the end of September following stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of COVID.

But there’s another dark cloud hovering over the city, as transit crime has emerged as a major concern for the workforce.

A significant 84 percent of corporate executives report “that employee perceptions of mass transit are still an obstacle to returning to the office due largely to concerns about personal safety