The city of New York postponed meals inside restaurants, which would be allowed from next Monday, due to the explosion of new cases of coronavirus in other states of the country following a hasty reopening, the mayor announced Wednesday Bill de Blasio.
Cases in the Big Apple, formerly the national epicenter of the pandemic, have dropped enormously in recent weeks, and the city was due to enter the Monday, July 6, in the third reopening phase, which provides for meals in restaurants and bars, with limited capacity.
“This is not the time to move towards meals inside restaurants,” the mayor said at a press conference.
“I think we all share the concern that eating inside a restaurant has become problematic,” he added in relation to the soaring of cases of the Covid-19 disease in other states of the country that quickly decreed the reopening.
In New York “we will wait for proof that we can do it safely,” he said.
New York City has recorded more than 22,000 deaths from coronavirus since March, while deaths across New York state surpassed 32,000
All the city entertainment venues are closed, and the theaters of Broadway does not plan to reopen before January 2021.
At the apex of the pandemic, in mid-April, 799 people died in 24 hours in New York State. Last weekend, deaths fell to five in 24 hours.
Phase two of the reopening in New York began on Monday of last week, and allowed the reopening of hair salons and meals in patios and terraces of restaurants and bars, with limited capacity and social distancing.
Municipal beaches, especially Coney Island and the Rockaways, opened for swimming on Wednesday, and the mayor announced that he will open 15 municipal swimming pools by August 1, with limited capacity.
While until a few weeks ago several states required New York visitors to make quarantine mandatory, the situation has been reversed.
Now New York, New Jersey and Connecticut require visitors from 16 states in the country, especially the south and southwest, to do a 14-day quarantine. The penalty for non-compliance starts at $ 2,000 and can go up to $ 5,000.
The nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, Anthony Fauci, warned that the number of new daily cases could rise to 100,000 if the authorities and the public do not adopt measures to stop the contagion.