NYC mayor says large gatherings are ‘inherently dangerous in the context of this pandemic’

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 04: New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks to firefighters following the donation of meals on International Firefighters Day on May 4, 2020 in New York City. As New York City continues its shutdown to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, firefighters and other essential workers continue to deal with the effects of the virus. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked to what extent he expects a rise in Covid-19 cases as a result of the demonstrations and large gatherings around the city.

“I would still wish that everyone would realize that when people gather it’s inherently dangerous in the context of this pandemic and I’m going to keep urging people not to use that approach and if they do they focus on social distancing and wearing face coverings,” de Blasio said in a news briefing today.

De Blasio said “you cannot see overt racism, you cannot see overt racist murder and not feel something profoundly deep, so I understand that.”

“But the last thing we would want to see is members of our community harmed because the virus spread in one of these settings,” de Blasio said. “It’s a very very complicated reality.”

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