New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday he was concerned that more days of protests would lead to an increased spread of coronavirus as the city looks to begin the first phase of reopening next week. 

“The message has been heard loud and clear … but I’m very worried, also, that protest is leading to the potential of the spread of the coronavirus,” de Blasio said. 

“This is not a minor matter at this point. One day, two days — that’s one thing. As it continues, that danger is increasing … particularly if people are not keeping distance, particularly if people are not wearing face coverings. You’re endangering yourself and your family. Please think about that now.”

New York City has “a lot to do on criminal justice reform” and “healing wounds,” de Blasio acknowledged. “But the pandemic is still here, and we must address that.”

A citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be in place until Sunday. The city is supposed to enter phase one of reopening the next day.

Source: NBC News

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