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 people and double down and say, ‘Even if you started to move away from masks before, we’re telling you to get those masks back on now,’ ” de Blasio mentioned at a distant press briefing from Metropolis Corridor.
The town’s high medical adviser laid out the brand new steerage, which reinforces a similar advisory launched in August to deal with the Delta variant.
“Today I’m issuing a commissioner’s advisory strongly recommending that all New Yorkers wear a mask at all times when indoors and in a public setting like at your grocery or in building lobbies, offices, and retail stores,” mentioned Well being Commissioner David Chokshi.
“This includes those that are vaccinated and those who’ve have had COVID-19,” he mentioned.
“There are currently no confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in New York or in the United States,” Chokshi mentioned.
However “we do anticipate detecting Omicron in New York in the coming days based upon what we know about its global spread,” he added.
Weekly coronavirus instances throughout the 5 boroughs, nearly completely from the Delta variant, have elevated sharply since Oct. 31 after they have been at 200 per 10,000 folks. The instances at the moment are over 300 per 10,000 folks, based on city Health Department data.
On Monday, De Blasio additionally prolonged the vaccine mandate for city-funded childcare employees to all employees at day cares within the Large Apple. These 102,000 employees should get the COVID-19 shot by Dec. 20, the mayor introduced.
The mayor mentioned 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.