New York Mayor Blasio de Blasio announced on Sunday to close the city’s famous restaurant, theaters, bars and cinema theaters in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The mayor also said that any restaurant, bar or cafe selling food will only be able to do so via delivery or take-out.
“The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together,” de Blasio said. “We have to break that cycle,” he added. Emphasizing on the importance of his decision he said that the decision was not merely one.
“These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker,” he continued. “But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.”
The fresh order will shut down more than 50,000 restaurants in New York by Tuesday at 9 a.m. According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurants account for more than $51 billion in annual revenue and have more than 800,000 employees.
“We will come through this, but until we do, we must make whatever sacrifices necessary to help our fellow New Yorkers,” de Blasio said.
The death toll all over the world has passed 6000. Italy on Sunday recorded its highest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus forcing European governments to further tighten controls. As per reports, the number of officially recorded novel coronavirus cases globally stood at 163,930 across 141 countries. On Sunday, the deaths in Europe passed 2,000 which led to the closing of all shops in Italy, France and Spain.