This is supposed to be one of the cheeriest times of year here in the United States, and rightly so.
As the skies turn grey, cold, and unforgiving, and the days are cut down to an annoyingly insufficient length, we make some of our fondest memories. We gather to give thanks, we fret over what sort of gifts we can afford to get out loved ones, and we ponder all the possibilities of what a new year can bring.
These celebrations can offset some of the doom and gloom of the environment around us, and are integral to the mental health of a great many Americans.
But, now that COVID-19 is surging again, there is a real fear that the reprieves that we’ve become so accustomed to will be irreparably altered in order to keep us all safe.
New York City is hoping to avoid as much of this party-pooper trouble as possible, and they’re playing it incredibly safe with the city’s schools on account of that.
New York City’s schools will move to remote learning only as the city tries to tamp down a growing number of coronavirus cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.
The shuttering of the nation’s largest school system had been anticipated for days after de Blasio told parents on Friday to have a plan in place in case the city decided to close schools for in-person learning, NBC News New York reported. Remote learning will begin Thursday, the mayor said in breaking the news over Twitter.
“We’re in the middle of something really tough right now,” de Blasio said at a press briefing Monday. “We have put health and safety first, and we will put health and safety first.”
New York City was once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic globally, and its population density makes is ultra ripe for a repeat, if they’re not careful.