New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed today he is strongly considering a shelter-in-place order for New York City’s 8.2 million residents.
“This is going to be months. There’s no question about it,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says about shutting down restaurants, bars, theatres and other public areas in response to coronavirus.https://t.co/Qu8kqzQhYw pic.twitter.com/t9D37DKK1x
— New Day (@NewDay) March 17, 2020
However, the nation’s most prominent far-left mayor and onetime longshot presidential candidate made waves yesterday by working out at his favorite gym, as New York state prepared to close all gyms over growing coronavirus concerns.
Per the Washington Free Beacon:
De Blasio, a former Democratic presidential candidate, was spotted entering the public YMCA gym in Brooklyn on Monday morning. While de Blasio completed his workout, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced the closure of all gyms, restaurants, and bars in the state beginning at 8 p.m. Monday.
Former top advisers skewered de Blasio for setting a poor example for fellow New Yorkers amid an outbreak that has so far infected 463 people in the city. Rebecca Katz, a former special adviser to the mayor, called him “inexcusable and reckless.” Another former adviser, Jonathan Rosen, piled on, saying the Democrat was “pathetic” and “self-involved.”
From one of Bill de Blasio’s former top aides. ? https://t.co/S203GGlpcH
— Bob Hardt (@bobhardt) March 16, 2020
De Blasio has declared a state of emergency in his city, arguing that the United States must adopt a “war-footing” to deal with the pandemic. As part of his response, he closed down the city’s public schools and restricted restaurants to take-out only. He also urged city residents to stay indoors.
Less than 12 hours before the mayor attended the gym, the city’s health department said that “everyone in NYC should act as if they have been exposed to coronavirus.” De Blasio’s spokeswoman defended the mayor’s visit in a statement, saying that the mayor was attending the gym for “one last time.”
Top health experts haven’t come to a consensus on whether everyone in America should avoid their gym, but all agree that it is a time to be very cautious. If you do go to the gym, maintain a distance of at least six feet, disinfect surfaces before and after you touch them, and wash your hands regularly.