New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is mad with power – and is now threatening to destroy and already struggling New York City economy by enforcing another full lockdown on the city.
The far-left Democrat mayor revealed his plan to reporters on a conference call Sunday, saying that he is targeting nine coronavirus hot spots in New York City for more full-blown lockdowns and adding that more limited restrictions could go into effect in another 10 neighborhoods with less “serious” outbreaks.
“Today, unfortunately, is not a day for celebration. Today is a more difficult day,” de Blasio said on the call, noting that in nine zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens, the case positivity rate has remained above 3 percent for the past consecutive 7 days.
“We’re having an extraordinary problem, something we haven’t seen since the spring,” de Blasio said.
His proposal, which he said he has sent to the New York State government, is to lock down the nine hot spots, shuttering non-essential businesses, closing public and private schools, and halting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants would still be able to offer pickup and to-go meals, and places of worship will remain open.
“It will be very difficult. I want to emphasize this again, it gives me no joy in saying this because it will be very difficult for the people who live in these zip codes of all communities,” de Blasio said.
The nine affected neighborhoods reportedly have a population of about 500,000 according to the New York Post.
Under this tyrannical Democrat’s plan, the lockdowns in the nine zip codes are set to begin on Wednesday, and are to remain in effect for 2 weeks.
If case positivity rates fall below 3 percent, schools and non-essential businesses would be allowed to reopen after that time. If not, his plan calls for them to remain shut for 4 weeks.
“Again, this is the strategy that worked for us in the spring and summer, which is limiting activity in a community to stop the spread. That’s how the city came out of an extraordinarily difficult crisis in the spring, a much tougher situation than what we’re dealing with now,” he said.
De Blasio’s proposal includes further restrictions on “high-risk activities—like indoor dining, gyms, and indoor and outdoor pools” in an additional 10 zip codes where the 14-day case positivity rate has been between 1.94 percent and 3.62 percent.
“Once again, it’s time for our city to dig deep and fight this virus the best way we know how: by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and looking after our seniors and most vulnerable neighbors,” de Blasio said, adding that the city has announced expanded testing in cluster areas.
In his call with reporters, de Blasio noted that the lockdowns “will require the support and approval of the state’’ and that city officials will be holding “intensive’’ talks with the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo. “This can only happen with state approval,’’ the mayor said. “We’ll be working to get approval.”
According to a Sunday press release, Cuomo said, “Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hot spot ZIP codes. The State will be doing aggressive enforcement starting tomorrow.” The Governor added.