In hard-hit New York City, all nonessential permitted events for June — like parades and concerts — have been canceled, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
A lot of these events will be postponed, de Blasio stressed.
Among the annual June events in New York are the Puerto Rican Day parade and the Pride March.
This would have been the 50th anniversary of the LGBTQ Pride March, which the mayor called a “very very big deal.”
“Pride is a staple in New York City, and is oftentimes a safe space for many,” David Correa, NYC Pride’s interim executive director, said in a statement. “This weighed on our members, board, and staff, knowing that we serve as a haven for vulnerable communities.”
“It was not easy to arrive at the decision to cancel pride as we have come to know it over the years, especially given the financial impact this could have on LGBTQIA+ people and businesses, but our top priority remains the health and well-being of all those that participate with us,” Correa said.
Data out of New York City appears to be improving, which the mayor called “damn close to what we’re looking for.”
The number of people admitted to hospitals on Friday was 317, and that fell to 212 on Saturday.
The number of people in intensive care units stayed nearly flat, from 849 Friday to 853 on Saturday.
The percentage of people who tested positive for the coronavirus citywide fell from 38% on Friday to 34% on Saturday.