New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city will indefinitely postpone the opening of the interior of bars and restaurants since, in his opinion, these places are closely related to the spread of COVID-19 in states that they are experiencing rebounds, like Florida and California.
"We have to make tough decisions based on the data. We know that premature decisions were made in other parts of the country that have later been a problem, especially with the return to closed places such as bars and restaurants. Science is showing us this," he said. De Blasio during his daily press conference.
The New York alderman stressed that at this precise moment of the pandemic "it is not possible to continue" with the return of the service inside these establishments, whose return was foreseen in phase three of the de-escalation into which the city of Nueva York next Monday.
"Honestly, until a week ago I was hopeful that these places could be reopened. But the news we received from other states shows us the way. We will work with the state to postpone the opening of the interior of bars and restaurants until necessary "said De Blasio, who admitted to being concerned about the comments of the country's leading epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who during a Senate appearance pointed to the possibility that the United States could register up to 100,000 daily cases of COVID-19.
For this reason, the mayor insisted, it is time to bet on the program called "Open Restaurants" for which the Mayor's Office has already received more than 6,600 requests and with which they hope to promote the use of the terraces, which it once again qualified as a " success".
"I think that many more stores could benefit, especially small businesses. I am very convinced that we can help bars and restaurants to recover their economic activity in a safe way," de Blasio added.
The state of New Jersey also announced yesterday that it has decided to back down and not allow the reopening of the interior of bars and restaurants this week, as planned within its progressive return to normality.