"We’ve been here before. Too many times over the past few years, we’ve seen case counts rise and failed to take meaningful action to save lives before hospitalizations and death counts rise as well. As cases rise across NYC, and the city moves to a “high” covid alert level, we cannot sit idly and wait for more of our neighbors and friends to contract COVID-19. Hospitalizations and deaths have yet to spike, and while we're thankful, we must take steps intentionally now to prevent that from happening in the near future.
"This is why, effective today, my office is moving to remote work for the next thirty days. We are calling on all other government officials to do the same where practical. Taking steps to lessen the amount of people in high risk settings now can help prevent more restrictive measures later. Government can and should set the example. In addition to working remotely, New Yorkers should be strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors to prevent further spread of this highly contagious variant. We must reduce our burden on the already over-taxed health care system and prevent further restrictions and losses; in life and economic.
"New Yorkers know how to protect each other. It’s time to mask up, get boosted, test regularly, and stay home when possible."