New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a stark reversal from his previous rhetoric regarding the COVID-19 pandemic; telling the Today Show he “doesn’t believe in shutdowns” to slow the spread of the virus.
“Given that some local officials are calling for you to cancel the in-person event altogether, why not scale back [NYC’s ball drop] even further?” asked NBC’s Kristen Welker.
“Look, I don’t believe in shutdowns. We have to fight our way through Covid,” claimed the Mayor.
Watch De Blasio’s comments above.