Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the decision to close schools through at least April 20 and possibly for the school year, following a growing number of school closures in communities and entire states around the country and mounting pressure in NY from residents, City Council members and others. Officials in Nassau and Suffolk have announced plans to close schools.
The union had previously warned that hospitals, now bracing for a flood of virus patients, could face a manpower crisis if schools closed suddenly and health care workers had to stay home with their children.
So far, Mayor Bill de Blasio, like Johnson a Democrat, has resisted, saying closing schools would be disruptive to parents, including essential medical workers, and would deprive children from low-income families of school meals.
"Right now, we have to make sure or that the places in this country that need more ventilators that needs surgical masks, that need hand sanitizer, that that is a federalized dynamic, where those factories that produce those goods are put on 24/7 shifts, and those goods are distributed where they're needed most, as we would in wartime".
New York City had more than 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday afternoon. Parents that cannot telecommute for job might need to clamber to locate day care, or surrender earnings.
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The decision will impose an enormous burden on public school families. "If you close the schools, there are people who will not show up for work the next day".
"We can not go on with business as usual", Stringer said. But Cuomo claimed some structures would certainly remain open up to offer the neediest youngsters.
De Blasio has said that any alternative would recreate the problem that closing schools would seek to solve: People congregating. On Wednesday (March 4), Gov. Cuomo confirmed there were nine additional cases of people connected to the man, including his 20-year-old son, 14-year-old daughter and a neighbor who drove the man to the hospital, the Times reported.
City leaders had hoped that a more limited set of precautions would be enough to avoid a systemwide shutdown. He urged the Trump White House to begin approaching the fight against the outbreak with a war-like mindset. However, it claimed that longer-term closures- 8 weeks or even more- might have some effect. Once fully operational, the New Rochelle facility will be able to test up to 500 people per day.