New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams has outlined his plan to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, which is worsening amid a surge in cases driven by the Omicron variant, vowing that he will not let the city shut down again.
“We can’t shut down our city again. We can’t allow the city to go further into economic despair,” Adams said at a press conference in Brooklyn Borough Hall on Dec. 30.
The city’s next mayor said he would maintain his predecessor Bill de Blasio’s order for private-sector vaccine mandates for businesses.
“We’re going to keep that in place,” Adams said. “The goal is to be cooperative and not punitive.”
His one-page plan also states that NYC will create a dedicated unit that will work with small businesses, stakeholders, and the mayor’s corporate engagement committee to help implement the mandate and forego fines if employers engage with the city to help get their workers vaccinated.
The city will immediately study the need for an up-to-date mandate program to require booster doses for all New Yorkers currently covered by vaccine mandates and engage with unions, the business community, and other stakeholders.
“The city will set a deadline of this spring for a decision on whether or not we believe there should be a vaccine mandate in schools for the Fall of 2022. That decision will be based on expected COVID risk in City schools and vaccination rates among students,” the plan stated.
The next mayor’s plan said that all other current mandates stay in place, including for masks.
“We are at a critical moment in our fight against the pandemic,” Adams said.
According to the New York Post, Adams said his outlook about the COVID-19 pandemic is learning to live with the virus instead of trying to eradicate it.
“We’re at the point where we must safely learn to live with COVID,” he said.
“We’re going to do that by ensuring people safely return to work and wants municipal workers back at their desks when cases subside.
The mayor-elect said that his city would distribute 2 million high-quality masks like KN95s and 1 million more at-home tests to children. He also noted that he would carry out de Blasio’s test-to-stay plan for public school students exposed to COVID-19.
Eric Adams released his plan days before he was sworn in as the 110th mayor of New York City after the ball drops on New Year’s eve ushering in 2022.