Mayor Invoice de Blasio on Monday urged New Yorkers to once more put on masks in all indoor public locations as metropolis well being officers ready for the upcoming arrival of the Omicron variant.
“It’s time to remind folks and double down and say, ‘Even if you happen to began to maneuver away from masks earlier than, we’re telling you to get these masks again on now,’ ” de Blasio stated at a distant press briefing from Metropolis Corridor.
Town’s prime medical adviser laid out the brand new steerage, which reinforces the same advisory launched in August to sort out the Delta variant.
“At this time I’m issuing a commissioner’s advisory strongly recommending that every one New Yorkers put on a masks always when indoors and in a public setting like at your grocery or in constructing lobbies, places of work, and retail shops,” stated Well being Commissioner David Chokshi.
“This contains these which can be vaccinated and people who’ve have had COVID-19,” he stated.
“There are at the moment no confirmed instances of the Omicron variant in New York or in the USA,” Chokshi stated.
However “we do anticipate detecting Omicron in New York within the coming days based mostly upon what we learn about its international unfold,” he added.
Weekly coronavirus instances throughout the 5 boroughs, virtually solely from the Delta variant, have elevated sharply since Oct. 31 after they had been at 200 per 10,000 folks. The instances at the moment are over 300 per 10,000 folks, in keeping with metropolis Well being Division knowledge.
On Monday, De Blasio additionally prolonged the vaccine mandate for city-funded childcare employees to all workers at day cares within the Massive Apple. These 102,000 employees should get the COVID-19 shot by Dec. 20, the mayor introduced.
The mayor stated he’d been making ready for the childcare employee mandate for weeks however that it grew to become extra urgent with the emergence of the Omicron variant.