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Mayor Bill de Blasio bans all major gatherings in NYC through September EXCEPT BLM protests

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that he will ban all major gatherings in the city to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but made exceptions to Black Lives Matters’ protests urging that “historic” demonstrations should are respected.

The Blasio told CNN Wolf Blitzer on Thursday evening that the protesters’ call for social justice and racial equality was too important to silence, as more than a month of protests did not spike COVID-19 cases.

Although protests may take place without pushback, De Blasio said all other major events in the city would be canceled until September.

“This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that, but also tell people the kind of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs – we just can’t have that while we’re now focusing on health, ”the Blasio told the network.

“If you’re only talking about health, we’d always say, ‘Hey people, you know, stay home if you can.’ But we understand this moment in history that people are talking about the need for historical changes, ”he added.

The Blasio told CNN Wolf Blitzer on Thursday evening that the protesters' calls for social justice and racial equality were too important to silence as more than a month of protests did not spike COVID-19 cases

The Blasio told CNN Wolf Blitzer on Thursday evening that the protesters’ calls for social justice and racial equality were too important to silence as more than a month of protests did not spike COVID-19 cases

A Warriors group leader uses a megaphone to address the crowd during a protest outside City Hall on July 1

A Warriors group leader uses a megaphone to address the crowd during a protest outside City Hall on July 1

A Warriors group leader uses a megaphone to address the crowd during a protest outside City Hall on July 1

Protests on behalf of Black Lives Matter have been consistent in New York since the murder of George Floyd by the Memorial Day police. Despite thousands taking to the streets night after night, the number of coronavirus infections remained the same during the turmoil.

A study published in late June by the National Bureau of Economic Research showed no evidence that coronavirus cases increased in 315 cities in the weeks after the protests first started.

Investigators concluded that protests may have been offset by an increase in social distance between those who decided not to march.

“Although it is almost certain that the protests caused a decrease in social distance behavior among protesters, we show that the effect of the protests on the social distance behavior of the entire population in provinces with major urban protests was positive,” the report said. .

However, the closing of major city hall gatherings will extend to annual pageants, such as the West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn over Labor Day weekend and the Dominican Day Parade in Midtown Manhattan.

De Blasio’s administration will also deny all permits for events in parks that it says will “unreasonably reduce public use,” as well as street fairs and events that span more than one block or for meetings that require a sound system.

Earlier, in another act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the Mayor of NYC descended on Fifth Avenue with a group of volunteers to paint a large mural of the movement’s namesake on the road in front of Trump Tower .

Protests on behalf of Black Lives Matter have been consistent in New York City since the murder of George Floyd by the Memorial Day police

Protests on behalf of Black Lives Matter have been consistent in New York City since the murder of George Floyd by the Memorial Day police

Protests on behalf of Black Lives Matter have been consistent in New York City since the murder of George Floyd by the Memorial Day police

Earlier, in another act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the Mayor of NYC descended on Fifth Avenue with a group of volunteers to paint a large mural of the movement's namesake on the road in front of Trump Tower

Earlier, in another act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the Mayor of NYC descended on Fifth Avenue with a group of volunteers to paint a large mural of the movement's namesake on the road in front of Trump Tower

Earlier, in another act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the Mayor of NYC descended on Fifth Avenue with a group of volunteers to paint a large mural of the movement’s namesake on the road in front of Trump Tower

The mayor announced that the city would paint 'Black Lives Matter' on city streets after George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.  Employees and activists from the Ministry of Transport started at the location on Thursday morning at around 10 a.m.

The mayor announced that the city would paint 'Black Lives Matter' on city streets after George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.  Employees and activists from the Ministry of Transport started at the location on Thursday morning at around 10 a.m.

The mayor announced that the city would paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on city streets after George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May. Employees and activists from the Ministry of Transport started at the location on Thursday morning at around 10 a.m.

De Blasio was pictured filling in the letter ‘L’ on the installation earlier this morning and tweeting, ‘Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We are committed to the meaning of the message. He was joined by NYC’s first lady Chirlane McCray and Rev. Al Sharpton.

However, upon his arrival at 11:30 am, it turned out that not all of those present were happy to meet the mayor. A song by ‘douchebag de Blasio’ broke out under a small contingent of the crowd as he crossed the road, the New York Post reported.

“This is such an important moment for our city,” an intrepid de Blasio told volunteers, who shouted, “Black life matters!” with their paint rollers in the air. “We are making a statement today about what we value in New York City.”

De Blasio left about 20 minutes later. The mayor had temporarily canceled the mural just steps from Trump’s former home a day after participating in a Twitter spit with the president last week. Trump labeled the painting as a “symbol of hatred” and demanded that the money for his creation be spent on the NYPD instead.

The mayor announced that the city would paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on city streets after George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May. Employees and activists from the Ministry of Transport started at the location on Thursday morning at around 10 a.m.

On Thursday, De Blasio said, “When I announced that we would be doing this here, President Trump said we would denigrate the luxury of Fifth Avenue. Let me tell you we don’t offend anything. We free Fifth Avenue.

“Let’s show Donald Trump what he doesn’t understand. Let’s paint it in front of his building. ‘

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