In hard-hit New York City, all non-essential permitted events in May are canceled, including concerts, parades and large gatherings, New York City Mayor de Blasio said Friday.
That includes the SummerStage in Central Park and May’s Brooklyn Half Marathon, he said.
De Blasio said he is discussing the potential cancelation of June’s events with organizers.
“We’re far from out of the woods,” he said, explaining that New Yorkers must move steadily to avoid a “boomerang effect.”
The number of hospital admissions and ICU admissions are showing improvement, according to new numbers provided by the mayor.
De Blasio said there is “no way to get back to normal without a huge amount of testing” and he again asked the federal government for funding.
“The federal government has been the elephant in the room in this entire crisis,” he said. “The federal government has a chance to get it right … I’m appealing directly to President Trump and Senate [Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell.”
“I’ve asked and I’ve asked nicely. Mr. President, your hometown needs you. Leader McConnell, your nation needs you,” he said.