Mayor Bill de Blasio has warned residents of New York City to settle into a ‘new reality’ as he expects the coronavirus pandemic to rage on for months. De Blasio is taking drastic measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 in America’s largest city, where more than 460 cases have been confirmed and seven people have died to date. As of this morning, all bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters will be required to close at 8pm. All dine-in options at the city’s 27,000 restaurants, bars and cafes will be limited to food takeout and delivery beginning Tuesday morning. De Blasio also said the school district – which serves 1.1 million children – closures could extend through the end of the school year. ‘I fear this crisis is going to start to crescendo through April, May before it gets better,’ de Blasio told MSNBC on Monday morning. ‘I wanted to get people acclimated to a new reality.’ Soon after, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would be expediting the shutdown measures by banning sit-down service at all bars and restaurants beginning at 8pm Monday. Both leaders have pleaded with the Trump administration to coordinate a national response to the… Read full this story
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