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Cars can stay put this week as Mayor Bill de Blasio has suspended alternate side parking.

News 12 Staff

Mar 18, 2020, 10:00 AM

Updated 1,554 days ago


Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 1,339 people have been infected with the coronavirus in NYC as of Wednesday. 
Cuomo says a total of 2,382 cases have been confirmed across the state, with 1,008 of them being new. He says 23% of the people who have tested have been hospitalized. 
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Cuomo also stated that 108 patients have recovered and have been discharged from state hospitals. 
Cars can stay put this week as Mayor Bill de Blasio has suspended alternate side parking.
As the city continues to advise people to stay home as they work on slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, alternate side parking has been suspended for seven days.
Up to March 24, drivers will be able to keep their cars parked and won’t be ticketed.
City officials say for those who have received a ticket during this “stay-home” period can appeal to the Department of Finance. Officials will decide if the suspension needs to be extended. However, drivers will still need to pay for parking meters.
Mayor de Blasio also announced Tuesday the possibility of a “shelter-in-place” order in the next two days. What that means is it will be mandatory for people to stay home, unless it’s necessary.
Based on what other cities across the country have done, people will only be able to head out for essentials. Anything from grocery stores, gas stations, medical facilities and banks will stay open. However, bars, retail shops and gyms will continue to stay off limits.
Restaurants will have the option to stay open, but only for take-out and delivery.
Non-essential travel will be prohibited if a shelter-in-place goes through.
The shelter-in-place is an option that Gov. Andrew Cuomo says needs state approval and even then, is not on board with completely shutting the city down.
He stated Monday that “there is no consideration of one.” The mayor is saying something differently, however.
“It's quite clear this is a fast-growing crisis. In my view, I think the right guidance to give all New Yorkers is, even though a decision has not yet been made by the city or by the state, I think New Yorkers should be prepared right now for the possibility of a shelter in place order,” says Mayor de Blasio.
New Yorkers should find out within the next two days if a shelter in place will be enforced.

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