Mayor de Blasio is considering 'shelter in place' order for NYC

New York City is considering a ‘shelter in place’ order and Bill de Blasio says economic fallout could be on par with the Great Depression with the city poised to lose $3.2BILLION in tax revenue in the next six months

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday morning he is ‘absolutely considering’ a shelter in place order for New York City to curb the spread of coronavirus
  • San Francisco has already implemented a similar other which prevents residents from leaving their homes except for food, medicine and exercise  
  • It came as all bars and restaurants across NYC were forced to offer takeout only 
  • De Blasio said those measures could remain in place through September 
  • The mayor said he expects the economic impact of the pandemic to be on par with the Great Depression
  • He called on the federal government to take bold action and ‘bail out the American people’ directly
  • New York state currently accounts for 1,374 of the 5,244 cases in the US and 12 of the nation’s 94 deaths
  • In New York City alone there are 644 cases and seven deaths
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Bill de Blasio says he is considering a ‘shelter in place’ order for New York City – a move that would mark a major escalation in the mayor’s coronavirus containment efforts.

De Blasio appeared on CNN on Tuesday morning and was asked whether city officials would follow San Francisco’s lead in implementing the order, which would allow New Yorkers to leave their home only for food, medicine and exercise.  

‘We’re absolutely considering that,’ the mayor said. ‘We’re going to look at all other options, but it could get to that for sure for the whole country.’  

San Francisco announced it’s version of shelter in place on Monday – preventing  people from leaving their homes except for necessities for the next three weeks.

It came as all bars and restaurants across New York City and the entire tri-state area were ordered to limit service to takeout and delivery.  

De Blasio told CNN that he expects those measures to remain in place ‘for months’. He speculated that businesses could reopen no earlier than June and possibly as late as September.  

‘We need to have in our minds that this could be a crisis of at a minimum several months,’ he said.

Bill de Blasio spoke to CNN on Tuesday morning and said he is ‘absolutely’ considering a ‘shelter in place’ order for New York City – a major escalation in the city’s coronavirus containment efforts which would allow New Yorkers to leave their home only when necessary

De Blasio also said he expects the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic to be on par with the Great Depression and called on the federal government to take bold action and ‘bail out the American people’ directly. A quiet Wall Street is seen on Tuesday morning

All bars and restaurants across New York City and the entire tri-state area were ordered to limit service to takeout and delivery as of 8pm Monday. An empty bar in Brooklyn is seen above

De Blasio also said there’s a strong possibility the entire New York City School District – which serves 1.1 million students across 1,900 campuses – will remain closed for several months.  

‘April 20 is when we’re going to make our first attempt, but watching the trajectory it’s hard to imagine that’s going to work,’ he said. 

Addressing the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the mayor said he expects it to be as bad as the Great Depression.  

He called on the federal government to take bold action and ‘bail out the American people’ directly. 

‘If they don’t get that income, they won’t be able to pay their rent, they won’t be able to buy food, they won’t be able to buy medicine,’ he said. 

Shuttering all 27,000 of New York City’s restaurants, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters and other common gathering places is expected to take a massive toll on millions of service industry workers who will miss out on tips even if they are still paid. 

Many independent businesses are also unlikely to be able to survive a period of prolonged closure. 

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer appeared on NY1 Tuesday morning and said the city could see a $3.2billion loss in revenue over the next six months. 

New York state currently accounts for 1,374 of the 5,244 cases in the US and 12 of the nation’s 94 deaths. In New York City alone there are 644 cases and seven deaths. 

New York City streets were eerily quiet on Tuesday morning, including the usually-bustling Times Square (pictured)

The Tartinery cafe in Grand Central Station sits vacant after the ban on sit-in customers

As of Tuesday morning more than 5,200 coronavirus have been confirmed in the US and 94 people have died

De Blasio announced the extreme shutdown measures on Sunday, writing on Twitter: ‘Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago. We are taking a series of actions that we never would have taken otherwise in an effort to save the lives of loved ones and our neighbors. Now it is time to take yet another drastic step. 

‘The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together. We have to break that cycle.’  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all bars, restaurants, nightclubs, movie theaters and other common gathering places on Monday

He continued: ‘This is not a decision I make lightly. These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.

‘We will come through this, but until we do, we must make whatever sacrifices necessary to help our fellow New Yorkers.’

The New York City ban was set to go into effect at 9am Tuesday, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sped up the timeline by announcing a similar edict across the state effective 8pm Monday.  

De Blasio has not ruled out implementing a curfew for the city, as other areas have done. 

New Jersey announced today that a curfew from 8pm to 5am would ban all ‘non-essential’ travel in the state. 

Although that curfew hasn’t extended to other tri-state areas, lawmakers in Connecticut and New York were ‘strongly discouraging’ travel during those hours. 

De Blasio’s latest comments came as: 

  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US surpassed 5,200, including 94 deaths
  • President Donald Trump came under fire for referring to COVID-19 as ‘the Chinese virus’ (read here)
  • US stock indexes opened higher on Tuesday, following Wall Street’s steepest fall since 1987 in the previous session (read here)
  • New figures suggest coronavirus could kill 11 times more Americans than cancer in 2020 (read here)
  • Hospitals set up tents to accommodate an influx of COVID-19 patients as health officials warn there isn’t enough equipment to deal with a pandemic (read here)
  • Hundreds of nurses are trapped in isolation because of the testing kit shortage 

 

Both de Blasio and Cuomo have pleaded with the Trump administration to coordinate a national response to the outbreak, saying patchwork measures enacted by state and local authorities were insufficient to confront the crisis. 

Speaking to MSNBC on Monday, de Blasio said that New York doesn’t have enough medical supplies to handle the outbreak and called for the Army to step in. 

De Blasio is blasted for squeezing in a final workout at YMCA

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was slammed on Monday for squeezing in a workout at a public gym, hours before it was announced they would all gyms in the city would be closing tonight, after telling millions to stay home and practice social distancing. 

The mayor was spotted at the YMCA in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Monday morning as the total number of coronacases in New York City hit more than 300 and businesses were preparing to shutter on de Blasio’s advice. 

On Sunday, he told bars and restaurants they would have to close to all sit-in customers from Tuesday at 9am and said movie theaters and other public spaces would close.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sped up the shutdown on Monday. 

It will now go into effect on Monday at 8pm and all gyms in New York City will be part of it. 

That did not stop de Blasio from going to the gym. 

By-standers called him an ‘idiot’ and told his security detail he ‘shouldn’t be in there’ when they realized he was in the public building. 

His spokesperson issued a statement afterwards saying the YMCA meant a ‘great deal to the mayor’. 

‘The YMCA has been a huge part of his and his family’s life, like it has been for a lot of New Yorkers.

‘It’s clear that’s about to change and before that, the mayor wanted to visit a place that keeps him grounded one last time. ‘ 

‘That doesn’t change the fact that he is working around the clock to ensure the safety of New Yorkers.

‘After today, gyms will close and he will no longer be visiting the YMCA for the forseeable future,’ a spokeswoman for him told NBC. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked about de Blasio’s gym visit on Monday during a press conference. 

He resisted criticizing him, saying it was still allowed to visit gyms until this evening. 

He said he had ‘developed’ his own workout program over several years that he completes ‘alone’. 

Twitter users condemned de Blasio for the decision, which some said was as reckless as licking a subway pole.  

‘The US military right now is still engaged in building those border walls. Take them off that and put them on coronavirus for god sakes,’ de Blasio said. 

‘This should be a reality where the United States is put on a war footing, where the federal government mobilizes all the resources necessary – and it begins with testing.’   

The mayor said broader testing is needed for the entire population, not just high-risk groups such as the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. 

He also expressed fear that hospitals will quickly become overwhelmed as cases counts continue to rise.  

‘We’re going to have to set up emergency ICUs in hospitals, not only all over New York City, all over America,’ he said. 

‘We’re going to need the United States military to come in with their substantial logistical and medical capacity.’ 

De Blasio compared the outbreak to America’s darkest historic periods as he suggested that rationing food and other essentials may be necessary.   

‘The Great Depression and the New Deal are very instructive here, I’m not saying bread lines,’ he said.  

‘This is a pure war footing right down to rationing if you need it.’ 

Earlier that morning, Cuomo took aim at the Trump administration while explaining his decision to effectively shutter New York’s bars and restaurants as part of an effort with neighboring states Connecticut and New Jersey. 

The governor said it made no sense for him to take harsh action in New York if neighboring states did not do the same, because people would simply migrate there to keep living their lives and potentially spread the virus.

‘This government has to get more engaged. There’s been no country that hasn’t handled this on a federalized level,’ he told Good Morning America.

‘This patchwork quilt of policies doesn’t work. It makes no sense for me to do something in New York and New Jersey to do something else.

‘I close the bars? They go to jersey. You need the specific rules.

‘Every state cannot come up with its own rules, you’ll just have people going from state to state.

‘You’ll go to New Jersey, Connecticut, wherever you can be served. That’s the last thing we want.

‘Set the national standards and let’s live with them.’

Speaking to Good Morning America on Monday, Gov Cuomo urged Trump to shut down the country to fight coronavirus and said the current ‘patchwork quilt’ system of some states being more vigilant than others is not working

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are among several states to take significant action to curb the spread of coronavirus after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a memo on Sunday night advising against holding large gatherings of more than 50 people for at least eight weeks.  

California, Washington, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Michigan have all ordered bars and restaurants to offer takeout food only.     

At least 33 states have decided to close public schools, which combined with district closures in other states has shuttered least 64,000 US schools, according to Education Week.   

CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWNS IN THE UNITED STATES

ALABAMA

Jefferson County restaurant are take out only, child care centers are closed and visits to nursing homes have been restricted.

Public gatherings of more than 25 people banned across the state. 

All public schools closed until April 6.

Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson said: ‘I know this has a big impact on our community. It’s quite restrictive.’

The Alabama Department of Public Health on Monday urged people statewide to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people, unless they can maintain a 6-foot distance between others, to limit spread of the new coronavirus. 

ALASKA

Anchorage – a ban on dine-in service from 5pm Monday until March 31.

Theaters, gyms and bingo halls closed through March 31.

The mayor of Anchorage signed the order Monday closing gyms and entertainment venues and barring restaurants, bars and other establishments from offering dine-in service to the public through the rest of March. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

All liquor stores and licensee service centers will close indefinitely at 9pm on Tuesday.

Gov Tom Wolf extended the shutdown to the entire state of Pennsylvania on Monday bar essential services.

LOUISIANA 

All bars, nightclubs, casinos, movie theaters, gyms and health clubs will be closed until April 13. Restaurants may open for take-out options only.

Governor John Bel Edwards said the new restrictions take effect Tuesday and will last until April 13.

Public gatherings of 50 people or more will be banned. No one will be allowed to eat onsite at a restaurant. 

In heavily Catholic New Orleans and in Baton Rouge, church leaders announced cancellation of masses until further notice. 

CONNECTICUT 

Gatherings of more than 50 people banned.

Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers.

Clubs, bars, cinemas, gyms shut indefinitely.

Hospitals across the state are restricting visitation, and some, including UConn Health in Farmington, have announced the indefinite postponement of elective surgeries. 

MASSACHUETTS

Gatherings of more than 25 people banned.

Bars and restaurants to offer take-out only until April 7.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is shutting down construction sites across the city. Walsh also announced all branches of the Boston Public Library will close.

NEW JERSEY 

Curfew from 8pm – 5am; gatherings of more than 50 people banned; bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-out.

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely.

The new region-wide closure for gyms, casinos and theaters was ordered by the governors of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. 

NEW YORK   

Gatherings of more than 50 people banned

Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-out

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely

Essential businesses such as supermarkets and gas stations will be able to stay open after 8 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is ‘strongly encouraging’ nonessential businesses to close in New York after 8 p.m. 

New York City – Eateries could only accept takeout and delivery orders. Mayor Bill de Blasio also ordered nightclubs, movie theaters and other entertainment venues closed

New York City announced its public school district, the nation’s largest, will be closed starting Monday, joining most of the rest of the country

New Rochelle – one mile containment area set up 

ILLINOIS 

Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers until March 30

KENTUCKY 

Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers until March 30. 

The Democratic governors of Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington on Monday all ordered the full or partial closure of certain categories of businesses. 

OHIO 

Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers, but can offer take-out.

Ohio marked St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday with no parades and no primary election over fears of the coronavirus. Health Director Dr. Amy Acton issued an order late Monday shutting down polls Tuesday. 

Youngstown State University and Capital University in Columbus were among those announcing the cancellation of May commencement ceremonies, saying they couldn’t comply with restrictions severely limiting the size of gatherings. 

Ohio’s Roman Catholic bishops suspended all publicly celebrated Masses through Easter on April 12, extending an earlier suspension of services through Palm Sunday one week earlier. 

OKLAHOMA 

Public schools closed at least until April 6.

Oklahoma’s governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday evening.   

MICHIGAN 

Bars and restaurants shut to dine-in customers indefinitely, but can offer take-out.

The Detroit Department of Transportation canceled bus service shortly after 8 a.m. due to the shortage of drivers. 

 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has banned more than 50 people in a gathering at a time.

Whitmer issued a sweeping order Monday banning dine-in customers at restaurants and closing all bars, movie theaters, gyms and other sports facilities to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The measure was to last through March.

Besides those restrictions, all Michigan schools are closed. 

WASHINGTON 

Restaurants and bars ordered to shut temporarily.

Gatherings of more than 50 people banned for at least two weeks.  

MINNESOTA

Dine-in restaurants and bars ordered to shut through March 27 beginning Tuesday evening.

Gov. Tim Walz ordered bars and restaurants across Minnesota to temporarily close to customers who dine in. 

Delivery and curbside takeout services may continue to operate. The temporary closure also applies to other places of public amusement, including theaters, museums, fitness centers and community clubs. 

Affected businesses must close by 5 p.m. Tuesday. While the governor’s order runs through March 27, he said he’ll likely end up extending it. Supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers are not affected. 

OREGON  

Gatherings of more than 25 people banned. 

Restaurants and bars allowed to offer take-out only.  

Gov. Kate Brown on Monday banned on-site consumption at bars and restaurants around the state for at least four weeks in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and said gatherings will be limited to 25 people or fewer.

Restaurants can still offer takeout or delivery, she said at a news conference. 

CALIFORNIA 

All bars advised to shut, restaurants cut occupancy by half and over 65s are told to self-quarantine.

San Francisco Residents are ordered to ‘shelter in place’ in five counties. Residents in the city are legally banned from leaving their homes for three weeks for non-essential reasons.

Disneyland closed to the public.   

WASHINGTON D.C.

Restaurants, bars and clubs to shut down by 10pm Monday, with take-out and delivery still available until April 1.

Health clubs, spas, massage parlors and theaters to shut down.

MARYLAND

Bars and restaurants shut indefinitely for dine-in customers, but can offer take-ou.t

Clubs, bars, cinemas and gyms shut indefinitely.

FLORIDA 

In Florida, Walt Disney World and Universal-Orlando closed Sunday night for the rest of the month, joining their already closed California siblings.

Farther south, Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale closed their beaches, where thousands of college spring breakers flocked.

All bar and nightclubs are set to close. 

NEVADA  

Wynn Las Vegas and MGM Resorts to plan closures

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says all public, private and charter K-12 schools in the state will be closed Monday until at least April 6 in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus

COLORADO

Restaurants closed to dine-in customers for the next 30 days

INDIANA  

Bars, nightclubs and restaurants closed for dine-in with and takeout allowed until the end of March

RHODE ISLAND 

All restaurants, bars, coffee shops shut down for dine in until March 30

Drive-thru and delivery services remain open 

VERMONT 

Bars and restaurants can only serve takeout from Tuesday night

ARIZONA

All schools closed through March 27.  

Restaurants will be limited to offering to-go service, and bars, theaters, fitness centers and indoor recreation facilities will be closed in Flagstaff under a proclamation issued by the city’s mayor over concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

The closures go into effect Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the mountainous city.  

ARKANSAS

All schools closed from Tuesday. 

Arkansas casinos are closing temporarily because of concerns about the coronavirus.

Arkansas’ largest city is imposing more restrictions, including a curfew, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus as the number infections in the state continues to rise.

Mayor Frank Scott said Monday that a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. will be in effect in Little Rock beginning early Wednesday. 

DELAWARE 

All restaurants closed for dine-in, take out and delivery continues 

Bans on public gatherings of 50 or more people  

GEORGIA 

All public schools and universities closed 

HAWAII  

Ban on gatherings of more than 50 people on city property until April

City’s indoor venues for events and recreation close

Hanauma Bay is closed 

IDAHO 

Boise: State of emergency declared Monday, city buildings closed with the exception of the Boise Airport 

IOWA

Cedar Rapids: City buildings closed

Dozens of Iowa school districts are following the governor’s guidance and suspending classes for four weeks to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

And after legislative leaders made a similar decision to suspend the legislative session, lawmakers began the process Monday of at least temporarily shutting down their work at the Capitol. 

KANSAS 

Kansas State University to teach remotely 

In Kansas, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday banned public gatherings of 50 or more people for the next two months. 

MAINE 

Maine’s largest city, Portland, declared an emergency and adopted a curfew to prevent the spread of the virus on St. Patrick’s Day.

The curfew applies to establishments where groups gather all day Tuesday and from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Wednesday to Saturday.

 L.L. Bean is closing all of its retail stores across the country, including its flagship store in Freeport, Maine, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The North Haven Select Board voted Sunday to ban visitors and seasonal residents immediately to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to the Penobscot Bay island, where there have been no cases yet. 

MISSISSIPPI 

Casinos, public universities and school districts closed until further notice 

MISSOURI 

Restaurants, bars and movie theaters ordered shut for 15 days in Kansas City metro from Tuesday 

MONTANA 

Public schools closed for two weeks 

Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, Butte and Helena restrict restaurant openings 

NEBRASKA 

Omaha bars and restaurants limited to 10 and under patrons

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Restaurants will be restricted to take-out, schools are shut down and large public gatherings are being banned in an effort to contain the coronavirus in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire’s directive, which extends until April 7, also will ban public gatherings of 50 people or more. 

NEW MEXICO 

Restaurants and bars to operate at 50 per cent capacity; tables must not seat more than six people, and must be separated by at least six feet.

 NORTH CAROLINA 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is ordering all restaurants and bars be closed to dine-in patrons.

Cooper’s office announced he would issue a new executive order directing the closings effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The establishments can continue to offer takeout and delivery. 

NORTH DAKOTA 

 No mandated closing of restaurants and bars.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum issued an executive order closing schools across the state for one week beginning Monday. 

 PUERTO RICO 

Two-week closure for the majority of businesses; 9pm overnight curfew through March 30.

Puerto Rico Secretary of State Elmer Román said at a press conference on Monday that no one is allowed to go to the beach. 

On Sunday, Gov. Wanda Vázquez ordered a two-week closure of nonessential government offices and commercial businesses except for gas stations and those in the food, health and finance sectors. Puerto Rico also cancelled major events, including an Ironman race scheduled for this past weekend. 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

Charleston banned gatherings of more than 50 people outside of stores and private offices. 

Columbia restricted businesses to no more than half their legal occupancy and won’t allow more than six people to sit at a restaurant table. 

Schools closed from Monday 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

No current plans to close restaurants or bars.

 The governor signed a state of emergency order last week, requesting public schools to close and ordering non-essential state employees to work from home. 

South Dakota public universities announced on Monday that all classes will move online next week after an extended spring break. 

TENNESSEE 

 All bars closed in Nashville; restuarants ordered to operate at no more than 50 per cent capacity.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday asked schools to close, exhorted people to avoid crowded bars 

TEXAS 

Austin considering closing restaurants and bars 

SXSW canceled  

US VIRGIN ISLANDS 

State of emergency declared 

All public schools closed for at least three weeks from Wednesday  

UTAH 

Salt Lake City shuts restaurants to dine in customers and bars; take out continues  

VIRGINIA 

Gov. Ralph Northam bans public gatherings of more than 100 people 

WEST VIRGINIA 

No reported cases  

WISCONSIN   

Bans on 50 people or more gatherings; bars and restaurants limiting customers 

WYOMING 

Dine in customers banned at restaurants and bars   

 

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