Parades, other non-essential, city permitted events canceled for May; decision pending on June events, mayor says

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A man walks through a nearly empty Times Square, which is usually very crowded on a weekday morning, Monday, March 23, 2020 in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered most New Yorkers to stay home from work to slow the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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NEW YORK — As New York City continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday all non-essential, city permitted events for the month of May are canceled.

The mayor announced non-essential events planned for May, including parades, concerts, rallies and large gatherings will not take place.

“We love those events, but what do we know about those events? It inherently means large numbers of people crowded together in a small space,” he said.

De Blasio also said he “can’t see” big events happening in June, but he will have conversations with event organizers in the coming days and weeks. One of the big events in June include the NYC Pride March, which is one of the largest annual Pride marches in the world.

Essential permits that are not impacted include permits for medical sites, hygiene stations, farmer’s markets and meal deliveries.

As of Thursday, total New York coronavirus cases stood at 222,284, with 123,146 of those cases in NYC, according to the Department of Health. The state’s COVID-19 death toll is now at 12,192.

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