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De Blasio warns of another full stop

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the growing number of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus could lead to yet another shutdown of non-essential businesses.

I believe we all have the power to fight this virus and defeat it in the weeks to come. But it will be difficult weeks. The months of December and January will be very hard. We are looking at this constant growth of the disease and this second wave. It’s really, really worrying. So this action that the state took was necessary. The governor said in an interview with The New York Times this weekend that we should be prepared for the possibility of a full shutdown. I agree with that. We have to recognize that it can happen. And we have to prepare for it now because we can’t let this virus continue to grow, especially at a time when we finally get the vaccine and can turn the corner. So I would tell you that I think December is very hard, January is hard. I think after that we have a chance to come back really strong. It has been an ongoing effort to have each of the outdoor dining establishments ensure that they are in full compliance with the law. They are healthy, they are safe. The restaurateurs have worked very hard with the city agencies – the health ministry and others – to get it right. But remember, some dine al fresco. Others follow the rules of indoor dining, and they have very few people. It depends on how they settled down. The important thing is to make sure they follow all state guidelines, and our people will be there to make it happen. And we got a lot of compliance. I mean, I’ll be clear, there are still things to improve – no question. But the restaurateurs and restaurant staff really tried to work with us because they know how important it is to keep people safe.

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