De Blasio declares state of emergency in New York City

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency in America’s largest city Thursday to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Speaking at a press conference at City Hall, de Blasio also announced that he would cut the legal occupancy of New York City’s bars and restaurants in half. 

The mayor said he “won’t be surprised” if businesses end up closing, but, “These are the rules we will enforce from now on.” 

“I can assure you, none of us wanted to take this action,” de Blasio said. “But it is the point where it’s necessary.”

The mayor told reporters the city had 95 confirmed cases of coronavirus, a rise from 42 from Wednesday that de Blasio called “troubling.” 

“The last 24 hours have been very, very sobering,” he said. 

De Blasio’s move came after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) banned gatherings of 500 or more across the state to try to blunt the spread of the coronavirus, which de Blasio said could be a “six-month crisis.”

New York state as a whole has 216 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the lion’s share of which are a short distance away from New York City in New Rochelle, a city in Westchester County.

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