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De Blasio Recommends Full Shutdown of NYC Businesses After Christmas

Mayor Bill de Blasio Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

Dec. 15, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City could face a second shutdown after Christmas–should COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

“We’re dealing with a second wave…,” de Blasio said. “We’re going to need to do some kind of shutdown in the weeks ahead.”

The mayor said that while the state ultimately makes the call as to whether to close nonessential businesses, he would recommend a shutdown go into effect following the major holiday.

“My nomination would be right after Christmas,” the mayor said.

The holiday season is expected to cause a significant uptick in the already soaring number of new COVID-19 cases, health experts say. On Sunday, the number of new cases climbed to more than 2,800 — far above the city’s ideal threshold of 550 new cases.

“We want to be under 550,” de Blasio said. “It’s going to take weeks and weeks to get back down there, but we will, especially now that we have the vaccine on our side.”

De Blasio estimated that nearly 41,000 doses of the vaccine would be disbursed across 42 hospitals around the city by the end of Tuesday.

“Today we start the beginning of a new era,” de Blasio said. “Today we begin the work of ensuring that the vaccine reaches as many New Yorkers as possible as quickly as possible.”

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Thanks to all the people who insisted on traveling over Thanksgiving and to all those who continue to ignore protocols such as masking, social distancing, etc. Thanks to the selfish nature of these individuals, businesses will have to close, more will be out of work and more will not be able to make rent, feed their families, etc.
But hey, your civil liberties were protected. Good for you.

Pat Macnamara

Yes this has nothing to do with the incompetence of local government. Blame the Jews and the holidays.


Wrong. You can thank the stupid hypocritical politicians- sounds like you voted for the morons Cuomo and DeBlasio.
Other parts of the country and the world aren’t shutting down and are no worse than us.

Never Left Astoria

Unreal …..let’s kick a dog (economy) when it’s down. Unfortunately WE have a mayor without a clue.


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