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NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day parade postponed over coronavirus fears

Plus, a plan for combating New York’s giant mountains of trash—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

Marking the 258th St. Patricks Day Parade, the oldest and... Photo by Gabriele Holtermann Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade is postponed

After days of back and forth between parade organizers and the city, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not go on as planned next week: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last night that the annual event, an early spring staple for more than 250 years, has been postponed because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“While I know the parade organizers did not make this decision lightly, public health experts agree that one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the virus is to limit large gatherings and close contacts, and I applaud the parade’s leadership for working cooperatively with us,” Cuomo said in a statement. “While the risk to New Yorkers remains low and we want to avoid social and economic disruptions, we have an obligation to take action to contain the spread of this virus.”

The parade, which was due to be held on Tuesday, March 17, typically brings around two million spectators to Fifth Avenue. In the lead-up to the announcement, some lawmakers called for limits on large gatherings in New York City, akin to measures that have been put in place in other cities and countries that have been greatly affected by COVID-19.

“I am not calling for New York City to be shut down,” City Council speaker Corey Johnson, who had been critical of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inaction on canceling the parade, said in a statement. “ This is about avoiding unnecessary risks and issuing clear guidance to keep people safe and healthy.”

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