De Blasio stops short of imposing California-like restrictions on New Yorkers

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NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is lagging behind other state and local leaders in imposing restrictions on the coronavirus pandemic, urges New Yorkers to make the right decisions about social distancing.

De Blasio said in a virtual press conference on Sunday that he was trying to avoid more draconian measures to curb the spread of the virus – hours after Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the mayor 24 hours on the previous Sunday to work out a plan to reduce the number of people gathered in public spaces.


“We have to make sure that people [who] If you want a little exercise in your day, you can do it right, ”said de Blasio. “It is absolutely normal and human to want to go outside and do some exercise. But I remind you – the break is all about social distancing. “

Playgrounds and parks will remain open this week, though NYPD officials will drop off outdoor gatherings and tell New Yorkers to start exercising and “get out of here,” Monday, de Blasio told reporters.

De Blasio spoke after Cuomo sentenced the New Yorkers to live their daily lives – like going to farmers markets and picnicking in the park. The de Blasio government said it would draft a policy that New Yorkers use with common sense and send it to the governor’s office.

The mayor asked the parents to be responsible for their children when they took them to city playgrounds de Blasio said they would not be cleaned, and to keep children away from their friends and other families. It is believed that children may not develop as severe symptoms related to Covid-19 as adults, but could be vectors for the disease – and transmit them to older family members who are more susceptible.

“If people are responsible for the use of the playgrounds and we believe that this is a good opportunity for children who only exercise for a short time each day, we will keep them open,” said de Blasio. “If we feel that they are not being treated properly, if we feel that people are misusing the situation or that they are ignoring the rules, then at this point we need to think hard about closing them down.”

He added: “Not something I want to do. I really don’t want that. “

De Blasio announced his plan after appearing on “Meet the Press” the previous Sunday and said the situation in the city was so bad that he asked President Donald Trump to send medically trained soldiers to his city to do the job Fix escalating deficiency during the Coronavirus outbreak. De Blasio said he spoke to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday evening, but refused to disclose the details of their conversation, he told CNN’s Don Lemon.

According to the government de Blasio, the city has 10,764 Covid-19 cases and 99 deaths on Sunday evening. Of these cases, 98 NYPD officers tested positive and three are hospitalized, police commissioner Dermot Shea said at the Sunday afternoon press conference.

The virus was so widespread in New York that the government de Blasio said it had not notified anyone who may have come into contact with these officials. However, the mayor said the New Yorkers seem to be following the advice to stay at home.

An investigation by four city officials on Saturday found that only 11 companies out of 13,000 inspections violated the closure order, de Blasio said.

“It speaks volumes about what we’re dealing with,” he said.

The government de Blasio releases 23 inmates on Rikers Island on Sunday. They are 50 years old or older and have a low risk of being insulted again, the mayor said. The city is waiting for the state’s approval to release more prisoners in a way that is “humane and responsive” to the crisis, de Blasio said, amid concerns about the spread of the disease in the cramped conditions of prisons.

The city is investigating the release of another 200 inmates from around 5,000 Rikers detained, officials suspect are at high risk of dying from Covid-19, de Blasio said.

“I am now confident that we can find out which number is the correct one,” said de Blasio. “There are people we don’t like to publish.”

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