With NYC up to 329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter Sunday night to announce that “Now it is time to take yet another drastic step.”
Over the weekend many government officials have been calling for restaurants and bars to be forced to close after Saturday night was met with a large turnout to various local venues, says Eater. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced via Twitter that, as of Tuesday (March 17) at 9 a.m., “Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, and concert venues must all close.” He also states that restaurants, bars and cafes that serve food will only be allowed to offer take-out and delivery options.
His thread goes on to mention that this was not a decision he came to lightly:
For all important NYC COVID-19 updates you can text ‘COVID’ to ‘692692’. de Blasio also encourages people struggling with this crisis to call 1-888-NYC-WELL or text ‘WELL’ to 65173.
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