Governor reveals if she plans to shut NYC down amid record spike in cases

Governor reveals if she plans to shut NYC down amid record spike in cases

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would not shut down New York City despite the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant, arguing that the “health of the economy” needs to be considered alongside the health of the people.

After being asked whether she would encourage businesses to shut down to stop the spread of the variant, Hochul told MSNBC on Friday that the data shows Omicron “spreads quickly” but is “not as dangerous.”

“So while primarily my number one goal is to protect the health of all New Yorkers, I also want to protect the health of the economy, because our economy – the epicenter of this pandemic 21 months ago – took such a hard hit,” the governor declared, claiming that people who are “vaccinated, boosted, and wear a mask” are “very safe to go out and continue their normal lives.”

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