New Yorkers should prepare for "shelter in place" order, says mayor

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 17th, 2020 2:27 pm

Last Updated Mar 17th, 2020 at 6:04 pm

New York City residents should prepare for a "shelter-in-place" order, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. The final decision will be made in the next 48 hours.

"We are all deeply concerned ... this is quite clear this is a fast growing crisis," he said at a press conference. "All New Yorkers, even though a decision has not been made by the city or the state, I think that all New Yorkers should be prepared right now for the possibility of a shelter-in-place order."

De Blasio said there are 814 confirmed cases in New York City: 248 in Queens, 277 in Manhattan, 157 in Brooklyn, 96 in the Bronx, and 36 in Staten Island. Seven people have died so far.

The mayor said that he does not take the concerns around a "shelter-in-place" order lightly.

"I'm hearing constantly from people who are tremendously worried about how they're going to make ends meet," de Blasio said. "In that scenario, a shelter-in-place begs a lot of questions. What is going to happen with folks who have no money?"


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