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NYC To Close Outdoor Public Pools For Summer 2020, Beaches Could Be Next
New York City’s outdoor public pools will close summer 2020 due to the coronavirus, and Mayor Bill de Blasio warns that beaches could be next.
The mayor made this announcement during a recent news briefing where he said the city is expected to lose $7.4 billion in tax revenue over the next 15 months as city leaders deal with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and state-wide shutdowns.
“No, right now we do not have a plan to open the beaches, just like we don’t have a plan to open the pools,” said de Blasio.
He warned that New Yorkers should keep their “expectations low” that public gatherings will return this summer.
De Blasio has already stated that large gatherings may not be allowed in the city until the fall land predicted large sporting events like baseball games at Yankee Stadium are unlikely to happen in New York City for months, as reported in NY Daily News.
Closing public pools and beaches are additional steps that city officials are taking to help flatten the curve in New York City, which has become an epicenter for the virus.
“I don’t want to create a situation where people think they can go back to something like normal and be beachgoers this summer. I don’t like saying that, but it’s just the blunt truth: It’s not safe,” he said. “If we bring out lifeguards and it’s a situation where people think it’s safe to go to the beach, and it’s safe to start resuming normalcy, it’s going to endanger people.”