New York Officials Recommend Wearing Masks in Restaurants

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Following guidance from the CDC, city and state officials are now suggesting that New Yorkers wear masks in public indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status

“Today, I am making a strong recommendation that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public indoor settings,” NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said at a press conference on Monday morning. “This is based on our review of the latest scientific evidence showing that the delta variant of the coronavirus can spread even more easily than previously thought.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio noted that it was “a better situation” if fully vaccinated people commingled in public settings with other vaccinated people, “but if you’re not sure, and that’s going to be many cases, we want to strongly recommend that people wear those masks indoors even if vaccinated,” de Blasio said.

The city did not implement a mask mandate, only a mask recommendation, because “we thought this was the right balance,” according to de Blasio. “The CDC recommended, and we are recommending. We are tracking the exact language from the CDC, just as Connecticut and New Jersey have done.”

In Connecticut, the state’s health department is now “strongly recommending” that all residents over the age of two start wearing masks indoors again, regardless of vaccination status, the New York Post reports. New Jersey officials put out a similar statement last week advocating that all residents wear masks indoors “when there is increased risk,” like in crowded public settings. Massachusetts updated its mask guidance on Friday to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear masks indoors if they have a weakened immune system, among other higher-risk concerns.

NYC’s new recommendation is added to the city’s ongoing mask-wearing rules, including requiring all New Yorkers to wear masks in schools, hospitals, and public transit settings. Unvaccinated people continue to be required to wear masks in all indoor and outdoor public settings.

At a press conference on Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on business owners across the state to take it a step further and enact vaccine-only policies on their premises. “Private businesses, I am asking them and suggesting to them: Go to vaccine-only admission,” he said.

“A mask policy will be important, but I don’t believe that a mask policy is going to be enough,” Cuomo said. “I think we’re going to have to talk about a vaccination policy.” He suggested requiring mandatory vaccines for nursing home workers, teachers, and all public-facing healthcare workers if positive coronavirus numbers continue to rise. Starting on Labor Day, MTA and New York Port Authority employees will be required to get vaccinated or be tested weekly, Cuomo announced on Monday.

Mayor de Blasio similarly underscored the need to focus on vaccination, saying on Monday that, “we want to be clear, mask wearing is not a substitute for vaccination.” The mayor’s office announced last week that all city workers in NYC, roughly 340,000 people, must either get vaccinated by mid-September or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Additionally, de Blasio said on Monday that all new city employees must show proof of vaccination before reporting to work. All adult Broadway theatergoers will need to show proof of vaccination and wear masks during performances, theater owners and operators announced on Friday.

Many restaurants have also been instating proof of vaccination requirements for diners over the past week, including Dame, Forsythia, Yellow Rose, and others. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group unveiled a vaccine mandate for indoor diners in place starting in September, although unvaccinated diners could still dine outdoors. Wine bar Ruffian and sister restaurant Kindred in the East Village announced over the weekend that the establishments would be shutting down indoor dining altogether “until cases decrease at an appropriate level.”

As of July 30, the COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average in NYC was 2.97 percent, according to city data, marking a steady incline in case counts over the past month. The city’s safety threshold for NYC’s test positivity rate on a seven-day average is 5 percent. Among the tested cases in the past four weeks, 72 percent were found to be the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19.

More than 4.3 million adult NYC residents — roughly 66 percent of the total adult population — have been fully vaccinated as of July 30.

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“This Is A Guy Who Feels It”: Bill de Blasio Officially Backs Eric Adams In Mayoral Bid

Gothamist 02 August, 2021 - 01:44pm

“I’ve seen the way he understands the lives of our people, and he feels deeply,” de Blasio said; he had been quietly supporting Adams from the sidelines leading up to the primary. “This is a guy who feels it, who knows it, who’s gonna do something about it. I’m here to endorse Eric Adams because I believe in him.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng, who had previously supported Andrew Yang in the primary, and Congressman Jerry Nadler who’d backed Scott Stringer, also threw their support behind Adams. But there were some notable absences, suggesting ongoing friction between Adams and more left-leaning factions of the Democratic Party—members of Brooklyn’s Congressional delegation who’d backed more left-leaning candidate Maya Wiley, were notably absent; including Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke.

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In the weeks since his primary win last month, Adams had come out swinging against the leftmost wing of the Democratic party, both publicly on "Real Time With Bill Maher” as well as behind closed doors at a fundraiser hosted by Republican Councilmember Eric Ulrich, where he pledged to run against the movement of “DSA socialists,” the New York Post reported.

Congresswoman Velazquez, who’s a firm ally of the progressive left, had reportedly cautioned Adams at a recent meeting in D.C. about openly critiquing members of the state’s Democratic delegation. Meanwhile, Adams has made an effort to reclaim the "progressive" mantle, though his positions on issues like police funding, tenants rights, and charter schools, make more left-leaning factions of the party bristle.

"I know a progressive when I see one and that is Eric Adams, he's progressive on all the right issues," Councilmember Ben Kallos said at the rally on Monday, while Adams chuckled, as he attempted to further bury the hatchet.

“Families squabble. They argue. They debate. We’re supposed to do that. Don’t let people think that because we debate and argue that we’re not still family,” Adams said. “It is a way of coming together, hearing the various voices of this amazing Democratic party.”

Later, asked about the absence of certain members of Congress, Adams said more supporters would line up in due time.

“We will be seeing the Democratic congressional delegation, they will be rolling out,” he said. “There will be some follow up.”

“This is not going to be my hang out spot,” Adams said, gesturing at City Hall towering behind him. Adams promised to open satellite City Halls in every borough to be more easily accessible to New Yorkers there. He also previously stated he may split his time between his home in Brooklyn and Gracie Mansion.

“To all those highfalutin folks that come to this city. You want to see me get on a ferry and come to Staten Island and patronize the restaurants. You want to visit me, come to South Jamaica Queens and patronize the stores that are there,” he said. “This is not a Manhattan-only city, this is an outer-borough city.”

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De Blasio bolstering NYC police 'gang takedowns,' as gun violence surges citywide

Fox News 02 August, 2021 - 01:20pm

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio teased a new policing strategy Monday aimed at bolstering "gang takedowns" in neighborhoods permeated by gun violence, as the Big Apple so far plans to reopen public schools and many companies plan to have their workforces return in some capacity this fall. 

The Democratic mayor said the New York Police Department will be focusing on "precision policing," which involves officers "doing intensive work to get to the folks doing the violence and getting them off the streets and working more and more with communities." De Blasio teased an announcement with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea planned later this week on the initiative targeting gangs. 

"We are going to need more gang takedowns, more gun arrests, more cooperation with community," de Blasio said Monday. "Gangs are the problem and this is where the focus is going to be. Also using community based leaders, community-based activists to change the reality on the ground." 

De Blasio, with only months remaining in office as the November mayoral election approaches, cited one neighborhood plagued by gun violence, the 115th precinct in Queens, where 10 people were shot Saturday in what investigators believe to be gang-related incidents. He said similar "gang takedowns" executed recently in the Bronx have proven as a "crucial tool," which have taken "many violent individuals off the street simultaneously." 

"We know that there has been a lot of pain in the 115th precinct," the mayor said. "We’re going to have mobile trauma units out there with translators to address concerns, feelings and trauma people have been through."

Gang takedowns tackle gun violence differently compared to past efforts by the NYPD’s plainclothes unit, which was disbanded in June 2020 at the height of the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Homicides have been surging in New York City since. 

Non-uniformed officers patrolled high crime area in unmarked vehicles in an effort to identify individuals who might be illegally trafficking guns and stop street rivalries from turning deadly. The unit was criticized for alleged racial profiling, as stops were mostly conducted in minority communities. 

Before unprecedented numbers seen since 2020, tactics involving "precision policing" has helped the NYPD cut shootings over the past decade by 50% while dramatically cutting down on street stops, according to recent study published in the Journal Policy Analysis and Management. 

Gang takedowns involve arresting suspected members of criminal gangs in highly coordinated raids and prosecuting them on conspiracy charges, according to the study titled, "Can Precision Policing Reduce Gun Violence? Evidence from ‘Gang Takedowns’ in New York City." 

It’s been an ongoing tactic used since 2011, indicating that de Blasio’s upcoming announcement involves only bolstering pre-existing gang takedown efforts. NYPD in the past has coordinated undercover buys and built cases with the district attorney’s office or federal prosecutors to get warrants for such raids. 

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De Blasio endorses Adams at general campaign launch

WPIX 11 New York 02 August, 2021 - 12:41pm

By Julia Marsh and Jessica Sonkin

August 2, 2021 | 1:41pm | Updated August 2, 2021 | 4:05pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio and over 50 other elected officials and labor leaders endorsed Eric Adams to be the Big Apple’s next mayor at a City Hall Park rally Monday, launching the Brooklyn borough president’s general election campaign.

“I know he’s going to do amazing things in this building right behind us,” said de Blasio, who did not publicly back any mayoral candidates during the primary.

“Go get ’em,” he whispered in Adams ear as the two embraced after Hizzoner’s remarks.

Adams faces Republican challenger and Guardian Angel founder Curtis Sliwa in the November general election. The retired cop is expected to beat Sliwa, given the largely Democratic makeup of city voters.

Still Adams vowed to campaign hard through the fall.

“We have work to do. You don’t win a baseball game in the eighth inning. It’s the ninth inning. No premature celebrations. We have another inning to go,” Adams said.

Other Democratic leaders joined Monday’s event to back Adams following his primary win last month including Rep. Jerry Nadler of Manhattan who backed city Comptroller Scott Stringer and Rep. Grace Meng of Queens who supported entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

“So here we are Democrats. We’re here and no matter what we believe there’s one thing we all embrace– the next mayor needs to be a Democrat,” Adams said.

Former rival Kathryn Garcia, who narrowly lost to Adams by just under 7,200 votes, endorsed the borough president but was not at the event. The state’s U.S. Senators– Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer– also threw their support behind Adams Monday but did not attend the rally.

Adams said his campaign would focus on inequality, crime, the economy, education and homelessness.

One of his first general election campaign stops will be at coronavirus hotspots around the city where he’ll give out thousands of face masks this weekend.

“Many people believed COVID was in our rear view mirror. I don’t believe so. COVID is a formidable opponent,” Adams said.

Adams said he backs the recommendation by de Blasio’s health commissioner to wear masks indoors.

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NY Officials Recommend Wearing Masks In Restaurants, Other Public Indoor Settings

PIX11 News 02 August, 2021 - 10:36am

Following guidance from the CDC, city and state officials are now suggesting that New Yorkers wear masks in public indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status

“Today, I am making a strong recommendation that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in public indoor settings,” NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said at a press conference on Monday morning. “This is based on our review of the latest scientific evidence showing that the delta variant of the coronavirus can spread even more easily than previously thought.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio noted that it was “a better situation” if fully vaccinated people commingled in public settings with other vaccinated people, “but if you’re not sure, and that’s going to be many cases, we want to strongly recommend that people wear those masks indoors even if vaccinated,” de Blasio said.

The city did not implement a mask mandate, only a mask recommendation, because “we thought this was the right balance,” according to de Blasio. “The CDC recommended, and we are recommending. We are tracking the exact language from the CDC, just as Connecticut and New Jersey have done.”

In Connecticut, the state’s health department is now “strongly recommending” that all residents over the age of two start wearing masks indoors again, regardless of vaccination status, the New York Post reports. New Jersey officials put out a similar statement last week advocating that all residents wear masks indoors “when there is increased risk,” like in crowded public settings. Massachusetts updated its mask guidance on Friday to recommend that fully vaccinated people still wear masks indoors if they have a weakened immune system, among other higher-risk concerns.

NYC’s new recommendation is added to the city’s ongoing mask-wearing rules, including requiring all New Yorkers to wear masks in schools, hospitals, and public transit settings. Unvaccinated people continue to be required to wear masks in all indoor and outdoor public settings.

At a press conference on Monday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on business owners across the state to take it a step further and enact vaccine-only policies on their premises. “Private businesses, I am asking them and suggesting to them: Go to vaccine-only admission,” he said.

“A mask policy will be important, but I don’t believe that a mask policy is going to be enough,” Cuomo said. “I think we’re going to have to talk about a vaccination policy.” He suggested requiring mandatory vaccines for nursing home workers, teachers, and all public-facing healthcare workers if positive coronavirus numbers continue to rise. Starting on Labor Day, MTA and New York Port Authority employees will be required to get vaccinated or be tested weekly, Cuomo announced on Monday.

Mayor de Blasio similarly underscored the need to focus on vaccination, saying on Monday that, “we want to be clear, mask wearing is not a substitute for vaccination.” The mayor’s office announced last week that all city workers in NYC, roughly 340,000 people, must either get vaccinated by mid-September or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. Additionally, de Blasio said on Monday that all new city employees must show proof of vaccination before reporting to work. All adult Broadway theatergoers will need to show proof of vaccination and wear masks during performances, theater owners and operators announced on Friday.

Many restaurants have also been instating proof of vaccination requirements for diners over the past week, including Dame, Forsythia, Yellow Rose, and others. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group unveiled a vaccine mandate for indoor diners in place starting in September, although unvaccinated diners could still dine outdoors. Wine bar Ruffian and sister restaurant Kindred in the East Village announced over the weekend that the establishments would be shutting down indoor dining altogether “until cases decrease at an appropriate level.”

As of July 30, the COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average in NYC was 2.97 percent, according to city data, marking a steady incline in case counts over the past month. The city’s safety threshold for NYC’s test positivity rate on a seven-day average is 5 percent. Among the tested cases in the past four weeks, 72 percent were found to be the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19.

More than 4.3 million adult NYC residents — roughly 66 percent of the total adult population — have been fully vaccinated as of July 30.

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Letters to the Editor — Aug. 2, 2021

New York Post 01 August, 2021 - 08:06pm

By Post readers

August 1, 2021 | 9:06pm | Updated August 1, 2021 | 9:06pm

President Biden’s and Mayor de Blasio’s well-intentioned plans to reward pandemic-of-the-unvaccinated holdouts with $100 bribes to save their own lives may backfire when greedy anti-vaxxers further postpone getting jabbed until the “jackpot” is desperately raised to $200, $300 or even $1,000 (“ ‘Bill’ de Blasio,” July 29).

Meanwhile, public-spirited Americans who once spent weeks online (sometimes in the middle of the night) trying to obtain appointments to get vaccinated to help the country begin to reach herd immunity were only rewarded with “I got vaccinated” stickers for their patriotic efforts.

Back in January and February, I — like millions of others — logged on to the Internet at all hours of the day and night to secure a coveted vaccine appointment.

Now, because so many will not get vaccinated, we still have to wear a mask and President Biden wants to use our tax money to pay people to be vaccinated, while millions of us did it because it was the right thing to do.

The worst part is the precedent this sets. The next time the government wants us to take some kind of action, many people will just wait and see how high the bribe will be.

So now de Blasio will be giving $100 to everyone who gets a COVID vaccination.

I got my shot a couple of months ago and had to struggle to find a vaccination center for my wife and myself.

Countless online inquiries and calls to the city vaccine hotline didn’t help. So where do I go to get my $100 dollars for complying early?

I am paying a ridiculous amount in taxes to live and survive in this city of New York.

The city does not have enough money to fix sidewalks and curbs or prune dangerous trees, but now it has so much extra money that it can just give away $100 to people who get vaccinated at city locations.

Mayor Goofball doesn’t disappoint. Now he is giving out $100 to those who get vaccinated. Who’s going to pay for this?

I was fully vaccinated back in February. Can I get the $100, along with all others who were vaccinated? His term can’t end fast enough.

The Centers for Disease Control confirm that the COVID Delta variant can easily infect the vaccinated, and although the vaccinated may not display symptoms, they can still easily infect the unvaccinated with the most severe infections (“Just vax and relax!” July 30).

Simply stated, there is no safe harbor for the unvaccinated. I don’t want to infect anyone even though I’m vaccinated, so I guess I’m back to wearing masks.

As shown by The Post’s statistics, the chance of a vaccinated person becoming seriously ill from the Delta variant is about the same as being hurt by a falling brick while taking a walk.

This is not a medical issue, it’s a political one. Our leaders would rather talk about an invisible virus than deal with their very visible lack of leadership on issues like the border.

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