NEW YORK — New York City’s police commissioner says the city’s new balcony safety measures are not a big difference from its predecessors, and he says he is “not convinced” that the measures are needed to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement Tuesday that the city had adopted policies that are already in place to protect people and buildings from the spread.
“The Mayor has said that the number of coronaviruses is increasing at a rate of 10,000 cases a day,” the statement said.
The city’s safety staff has been meeting with our business community and with our elected officials to address this issue.””
We have also made it clear that the use of balconies or lifts in our buildings must be done with proper equipment and safeguards.
The city’s safety staff has been meeting with our business community and with our elected officials to address this issue.”
De Blasio did not provide specifics about the measures he says will keep people safe.
But he said in the statement that “in the past, our efforts to protect our city have resulted in some instances where people have died in buildings because of the sheer volume of people in them.”
The NYPD has made its own efforts to combat coronavides, including a $2 million campaign to install security cameras in more than 1,000 buildings across the city.
The New York Police Department also issued more than 200 warnings to businesses and residents about the risk of spread of coronas in recent months.
In a separate statement, the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it was working with the city to help the city address the problem of coronaccide deaths and related health issues.
The department has also launched a new program that will send people to a hospital for testing.
The program will provide free testing to people who cannot pay for it, and will also help them get back on their feet.