De Blasio 'deeply concerned' over potential second wave of COVID-19 in NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio right speaks alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo

Barry Williams New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio right speaks alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo

Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed concern over the possibility of a second wave as New York City continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The New York City government issued guidance on Wednesday for restaurants planning to stay open and serve customers outdoors with heating devices this fall and winter amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

De Blasio said he was seeing a "plateauing" of positive test results in the hotspots but cautioned that the city still needed to do "much more".

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"Think about what a second wave would be for all of us?"

The mayor was asked during his Thursday briefing if he was concerned about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's threat to withhold state funding from local governments and schools within " cluster zones" if they do not enforce and comply with New York's new temporary "red-zone" restrictions.

In September, de Blasio announced that the city's popular Open Restaurants program would be extended year-round and made permanent.

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"I'm very used to bluster from Washington and from Albany, I've heard a lot of it, I understand bluster when I see it", he said.

"My job is to stop that second wave, not to play games, not to focus on threats, but the threat we should be anxious about is the threat of a second wave of the coronavirus in New York City, that's what all levels of government should be talking about together", he continued.

"Here, we have a job to do".

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