Despite the fact that the Omicron variant has already spread to the five boroughs, outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has no plans to impose another COVID-19 lockdown.
On Tuesday, de Blasio said he will not re-impose lockdown in the city since it is devastating.
Instead of a lockdown, de Blasio has rolled out a $100 booster incentive.
“Adamantly, I feel this: No more shutdowns. We’ve been through them, they were devastating, we can’t go through them again,” de Blasio said.
“Not shutdowns, because that would devastate the lives of New Yorkers,” de Blasio added.
In order for entire New Yorkers to get themselves protected against COVID, de Blasio once again offered a $100 booster incentive.
“It’s a limited-time opportunity over these next days: Get your booster shot, get a $100 incentive,” the mayor said.
“It’s gonna make you feel a lot safer, a lot better that you got the booster, and you’ll have more cash in your pocket at the same time. That’s going to be a good feeling, particularly this time of year,” the mayor added.
The statement of de Blasio came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Monday that Omicron is the dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S., accounting for 73 percent of new infections last week, and a stunning 92 percent of cases in New York and New Jersey.