Mayor De Blasio Considers Suspending Alternate Side Parking if/when City Becomes Orange Zone
By Yehudit Garmise
The entire city will become an orange zone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said yesterday, when, by his calculation, which is different than that of Mayor Bill de Blasio, hits a 3% positivity rate, and if that happens, the mayor said he would once again consider suspending alternate side parking.
“In terms of alternate side, we are going to look at that again,” the mayor said this morning at his daily press conference. “We don’t have a determination on that, but we are certainly looking at alternate side parking and reevaluate that situation as these changing dynamics occur.
The mayor also said that “it is not a matter of ‘if’ the city is going to go into an orange zone…the numbers certainly reflect that it is a matter of ‘when’ the city is going into an orange zone.
“By any normal count, just looking at the state’s own normal system, we are talking a week or two before we are in that orange zone status,” Mayor de Blasio said. “I am sorry to say that, but that is the blunt truth”
Although the mayor said that although the COVID-positivity numbers are not as high as they were in March and April, the all the city’s indoor dining, high-risk non-essential gatherings will be closed, other gatherings will be limited very soon.
“We are not in the situation we were in in the spring,” Mayor de Blasio said. “It is not, thank G-d, not that kind of dislocation happening in the city, but more restrictions are coming.”