New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is allowing Black Lives Matter protesters to continue their demonstrations while banning all other large events through September.
Speaking with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer Thursday evening, de Blasio said the protesters' call for social justice and racial equality are too important to halt.
"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," de Blasio said.
New York's rate of infections has remained steady through the civil unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Large parades, including the West Indian American Day Carnival over Labor Day weekend, the Dominican Day Parade, and the San Gennaro festival have all been canceled.
The city will also deny permits for events in parks, street fairs, and other events that stretch longer than one block or require a sound system.