Bill De Blasio says he Doesn’t Believe in Shutdowns

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. / Photo by Gage Skidmore

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that he doesn’t believe in shutdowns – after nearly two years of repeated, extensive shutdowns of New York City championed by the mayor himself.

De Blasio appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to discuss the city’s famous New Year’s Eve celebration, which is scheduled to have an in-person component this year. Asked why he did not cancel the event entirely, de Blasio said that he did not believe in shutdowns and instead wanted to “show the world that New York City is fighting our way through this.”

“Look, I don’t believe in shutdowns. We have to fight our way through COVID,” de Blasio replied.

“Shutdowns are not the answer,” he repeated. “The answer is get people vaccinated. This event is vaccination-only. It’s gonna be outdoors, vaccination-only, masks required, socially distanced.”

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