NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — After canceling all permitted events in May last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio is now canceling them in June as well.
The mayor said t's a painful but necessary step as the city fights the coronavirus.
The city is working with organizers of the Pride March, which is marking its 50th anniversary, Puerto Rican Day and Celebrate Israel parades to find a different date later in the year.
"These kind of community events, we love them, but they're not what we need right now. They're not the most essential things, and we have to be smart about it and we have to also recognize when thouosands and thousands of people gather in one place, of course that goes against everything we're trying to do with social distancing and shelter in place and everything we're trying to do to get ourselves back," the mayor said.
The Pride Parade's organizers are endorsing a virtual 24-hour global event on June 27, resembling televised New Year's Eve celebrations.
The mayor also says while he doesn't want to fine people, he will if they gather in crowds.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told NY1 this morning, "We really need everyone to weather the storm here, we think we're past the peak, but we're not there yet. And we keep saying it's as dangerous on the backside as the front side."
Police issued 60 summonses Saturday night at a popular barber shop in Canarsie, where a large crowd was filming a rap video.
Meanwhile, the mayor says hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers would need to be tested for the coronavirus daily before city officials could start to loosen restrictions that have shuttered most workplaces and forced New Yorkers to cover their faces in public.
De Blasio said Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe'' that in addition to ramping up testing, the city would need temperature checks going into workplaces. He said other measures would include isolating people who are infected with the virus and supporting them in quarantine.
The need for more testing comes as the daily COVID-19 death toll in New York state appeared to have reached a plateau.