Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging city residents to stay put this holiday season, as the number of coronavirus cases nationwide surges to its highest level since the start of the pandemic.
“I hate to say it, but I have to urge all New Yorkers to not travel out of state for the holiday,” de Blasio said during his daily briefing on Tuesday. “Realize that by doing that unfortunately you could be putting yourself and your family in danger and also the risk of bringing the disease back here.”
For New Yorkers expecting out of town visitors around Thanksgiving or Christmas, the mayor is also pushing for a change of plans. “We’re going to have to be the center of things together, just ourselves,” he said.
New Yorkers, the pull of a festive time can be a strong one, but I urge you to think of your loved ones and their health. We’ve all made sacrifices this year, and I’m asking you to make one more to get out of this crisis. Stay home for the holidays. Let’s keep New York City safe.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 27, 2020