Coronavirus: New York shuts down schools, hotels & theatres

Coronavirus: New York shuts down schools, hotels & theatres

After the world has witnessed an alarming increase in the spread of the novel coronavirus, the WHO has declared it as a pandemic. Just like many countries, today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has made a decision to close all movie theatres in their respective cities, keeping in mind the alarming rate. This dramatic step in NYC and LA is history as cinema halls altogether have been shut earlier only due to weather conditions and never as a health advisory.

Apart from this, NYC also ordered to close restaurants and nightclubs where crowd gatherings might trigger the already aggressive infection. However, restaurants are allowed for takeaways and home orders. Apart from these, public schools will be closed until April 20, affecting nearly one million students. In Los Angeles, bars, nightclubs, gyms and other recreational locations will also be closed until March 31. Mayor confirmed that only grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.

Mayor of NYC, de Blasio tweeted on Sunday - "This is not a decision I make lightly. These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality." He added, "We will come through this, but until we do, we must make whatever sacrifices necessary to help our fellow New Yorkers."

In conclusion, any venue having more than 50 people will be called off and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that such public events to be immediately shut and the rule will be applicable for the next eight weeks. With restaurants, night clubs ingrained in our lifestyle, life without them is indeed difficult and it surely affects the livelihoods of thousands of people. The mayor said the decision was difficult.