De Blasio Warns of Another Full Shutdown

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De Blasio Warns of Another Full Shutdown

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said the increasing amount of hospitalizations from the coronavirus could lead to another shutdown of nonessential businesses.

I think we all have it within our power to fight back this virus and overcome it in the weeks ahead. But they’re going to be tough weeks. December and January will be very tough. We’re looking at this constant growth of disease, and this second wave. It’s really, really worrisome. So this action that the state took was necessary. The governor said in a New York Times interview over the weekend that we should prepare for the possibility of a full shutdown. I agree with that. We need to recognize that that may be coming. And we’ve got to get ready for that now because we cannot let this virus keep growing, especially at a moment where we are finally getting the vaccine, and can turn the corner. So I would say to you, I think December is very tough, January is tough. I think after that, we get a chance to really come back strong. It’s been an ongoing effort to get every one of the outdoor dining establishments to make sure they’re in full compliance with law. They’re healthy, they’re safe. Restaurant owners have worked really hard with city agencies — Department of Health and others — to get it right. But remember, some are doing outdoor dining. Others are following the rules of indoor dining, and they have very few people in them. It depends on how they’ve set up. The important thing is to make sure that they follow all the state guidance, and our folks will be there to make it happen. And we’ve gotten a lot of compliance. I mean, I’ll be clear, there’s still things have to be made better — no question. But the restaurant owners and the restaurant staff have really been trying to work with us because they know how important it is to keep people safe.

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