New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced that indoor dining will not resume next week as originally scheduled due to the rise of coronavirus outbreaks across the United States.
Despite reports that the percentage of people testing positive in the city has stayed steady at around 2%, de Blasio said he believes the surge in new coronavirus cases is due to the reopening of bars and restaurants.
"We see a lot of problems and we particularly see problems revolving around people going back to bars and restaurants indoors. Indoors is the problem more and more, the science is showing it more and more," de Blasio said during a press briefing.
Conversely, de Blasio said that outdoor dining, which resumed on June 22, has "unquestionably" been a great success for the city.
Although New York City is scheduled to enter its third phase of reopening on July 6, de Blasio failed to comment on whether other businesses, such as nail salons and barbers, will resume operations.
New York saw a 3% decline in new cases compared with a week ago — a stark contrast to the rising cases seen across the rest of the country.
"The data in this city and this state's been getting better all the time, but the data around the country has been getting worse and worse and worse and the last few days, shockingly worse," de Blasio said.