New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says that if Covid-19 trends continue and the city hits a “full blown second wave,” it would mean many more restrictions and “even having to shut down parts of our economy again.”
He said the city was seeing a “dangerous” rise in Covid-19 positivity, adding “we have one last chance” to stop a second wave.
“God forbid this continued and we had a full-blown second wave, it means a lot more restrictions, it means unfortunately it could mean even having to shut down parts of our economy again which would be horrible for this city, horrible for the livelihoods of people,” he added.
When asked about specifics on potential restrictions, he said he could not lay out a timeline and that it would depend on the actions of New Yorkers.
“It could mean having to shut down schools,” he warned.
The Mayor said he would “look at” all upcoming holiday events, when asked about the annual Rockefeller Tree Lighting ceremony, and whether any alterations would need to be made.
The first priority is to avoid large indoor gatherings, he said, adding that there were not many outdoor events scheduled.
The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 citywide is 2.36%, which is “very worrisome,” De Blasio said, adding that the seven-day rolling average of 2.21% was the “highest we’ve seen in a long time.”
He said hospital admissions were still at a manageable level and there was not a problem in schools, but he warned earlier that the city was seeing household and community spread.
“We can fight these back,” De Blasio said, but he cautioned that the numbers should “all have us alarmed and ready to act with everything we got.”