NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio cancels ALL public gatherings except Black Lives Matter protests


NEW YORK, NY– Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Hall have put a halt on all major public gatherings in the Big Apple until at least September 30th. This does NOT, however include the Black Lives Matter protests. 

Mayor de Blasio is allowing Black Lives protesters to continue to march through the city streets.  Speaking to CNN on Thursday night, de Blasio said the demonstrators’ calls for social justice are too important to stop. 

Apparently, allegedly, ridiculously, unbelievably, after months of protesting, the demonstrations have “not led to an outbreak of new coronavirus cases”.


While speaking to CNN, de Blasio said in a statement to Wolf Blitzer:

“This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that, but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs–we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now.”

This exception to the Black Lives Matter protests comes as New York’s rate of infections has remained consistent through the civil unrest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Researchers have reasoned that the protests may have been offset by an increase in social distancing among those who decided not to participate in the protest marches spanning from coast to coast since May. 

While other areas, including Los Angeles, Seattle, and Miami-Dade County, Florida have said protests in their cities may have contributed to the spread of the coronavirus, New York has denied experiencing any surge in cases after weeks of protests.

Avery Cohen, de Blasio’s deputy press secretary told Fox News:

“Based on our health indicators, which measure hospital admissions, number of people in ICU, and percentage of New Yorker’s testing positive, we have seen no indication of an uptick in cases.” 

In speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, de Blasio reiterated:

“The demonstrators’ calls for social justice and racial equality were too important to silence, considering more than a month of protests have not caused a spike in COVID-19 cases.”

The City Hall mandated shutdown in New York will include big parades like the West Indian American Day Carnival that takes place in Brooklyn on Labor Day weekend, the Dominican Day Parade in midtown Manhattan, and the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy.

The de Blasio administration will also deny all permits for events in parks that it believes will “unreasonably diminish public use” as well as street fairs and events stretching larger than one block or for gatherings that require a sound system.

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According to The Blaze, de Blasio made additional comments regarding the shut down when speaking to Wolf Blitzer:

“It means things like parades, you know the things that here in the city could mean not just thousands, but tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people–it’s just not the time for that now.”

Blitzer asks:

“What about protests? If people want to march down Fifth Avenue, are they gonna be allowed to do so?”

de Blasio responded by saying:

“Look, Wolf, this is always an area of real sensitivity. If you’re just talking about health, we would always say hey folks you know say home if you can. But we understand this moment in history people are talking about the need for historic changes.”

de Blasio continued on:

“I mean today, in New York City, you know, recognizing the power and the meaning of the message of Black Lives Matter, which we did in front of Trump Tower today, this is a historic moment of change.” 

Religious events and press conferences will also be exempt from the ban. de Blasio said in a statement:

“As New York has begun its reopening process, accessible open spaces are more important than ever and while it pains me to call off some of the city’s beloved events, our focus now must be the prioritization of city space for public use and the continuation of social distancing.”

Earlier this week, in another act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, de Blasio descended upon Fifth Avenue with a group of volunteers to paint a large mural of the movement’s namesake on the road in front of Trump Tower. 

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