NYC Was Preparing For Another Outage, Warned Cuomo And de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated that “right after Christmas” will be the perfect time to shut down non-essential business in New York City, which seems all but likely as hospitalization rates for coronavirus continue to escalate along with continuing alerts from him and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
He said that the shut down is essential. In the weeks ahead, they’re going to need some shutdown, something that seems like the break they were in in the spring… If they did that, his nomination would come right after Christmas. They will be out of that in a couple of weeks if they adopt it with some good luck and hard work and with the vaccine beginning to support everyone.
WARNINGS From The Mayor
Still, the mayor said that having schools open would be his choice.
“I want to keep them open,” he said.
Cuomo cautioned on Monday that if the state’s coronavirus positivity does not improve, a suspension may be expected within a month for the city and the state.
He also listed backlash he’s getting in New York City for closing down indoor dining. And said companies should be pleased.
Cuomo also said that everyone should be happy because if they don’t change the trajectory, they will shut down, and then everyone’s business will close. That, he said, is the real problem. According to him, that is the real worry. Deaths are a problem, and actual questions are the shutdown of the economy, which are viable fears.
Hundreds of restaurant owners and foodservice staff marched to Cuomo’s headquarters in Midtown on Tuesday to ask for support.
Jeffrey Garcia is the president of the Bar and Lounge Association of Latino Restaurants of New York State.
“I think the governor, in the beginning, did an amazing job of, you know, getting things under control,” he said. “But you know what? We are not the reason. 1.4% is not a reason to close the whole industry down.”
In the wake of an alarming surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, opponents say the governor has gone too far in banning indoor dining in the five boroughs for at least two weeks. It is possible to explicitly connect fewer than 2% of New York’s infections to bars and restaurants.
Garcia said that he should find a way to interrupt those clandestine gatherings and indoor meetings and not shut them down.
Demonstrators also requested that indoor dining, along with grants and loans, be reinstated at a minimum of 25 percent capacity.
Here Is What A Restaurant Owner Said
“It breaks my heart that all these families are not going to have money to buy Christmas gifts for their kids,” restaurant owner Susana Osorio said.