New York, NY (77WABC) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is ready to come back to work in-person on May 3rd. Hizzoner making the announcement at the beginning of his daily press briefing.
“We’re going to use all of the tools that we’ve learned about distancing, about ventilation, the right way to allow workspaces. We’re going to make it safe, but we need our City workers back in their offices where they can do the most to help their fellow New Yorkers. And it’s also going to send a powerful message about this city moving forward,” said Mayor de Blasio during the press briefing.
The City workforce will begin our full return to the office on May 3. We’ll make sure it’s safe, as we move forward together.
New York City is coming back strong. pic.twitter.com/QUS2LOUe5W
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 23, 2021
The Mayor said strict safety measures will be in place and the next few weeks will be spent working with the municipal labor movement to devote overall health and safety.
“We clearly will be working with employees as we bring them back starting May 3rd. We will be doing staggered schedules, you know, making sure that people are in the office sometimes, working remotely sometimes, so that we can ensure that we have enough space to keep our employees safe,” said NYC Deputy Mayor of Operations Laura Anglin, who will be at the helm of this operation.
The announcement comes as the daily number of people admitted to New York City hospitals for COVID-19 – is 203 patients. The Mayor says the confirmed positivity level stands at 56.28 percent. The hospitalization rate is slightly down. New reported cases on a seven-day average is at 3,334 cases for New York Cityy. The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 – on a seven-day rolling average is at 5.91 percent.
Despite the Mayor boasting about the return, the City’s largest municipal union, District Council 37 AFSCME AFL-CIO put out this message to Twitter:
Too many DC 37 members died unnecessarily. We can't repeat the mistakes of the past. There must be a guarantee workplaces are safe w/ PPE, mask regulations & regular cleanings. Anything less will not do. If @NYCMayor wants to do this right, we must be included in the process. https://t.co/QZd21xCthq
— DC37, AFSCME (@DistCouncil37) March 23, 2021
Approximately 80,000 NYC municipal workers will be returning back to their offices.
The Mayor says 80-percent of the city workforce is already in offices – because the vast majority of city workers are on the frontlines, whether it’s health care, public safety, education, and more.