Mayor Eric Adams needs New York City to get again to work.
The Democrat on Wednesday informed about 100 chief executives to map out a plan for getting folks again into the workplace because the omicron variant eases and the nation grapples with how to stay with the coronavirus.
He stated a everlasting cycle of distant work will hurt the town’s “financial ecosystem” wherein eating places and different businesses depend on white-collar employees who generate foot visitors within the metropolis.
“The best thing we can do to deal with COVID is get back to work,” Mr. Adams informed reporters.
“We can’t send mixed messages, we can’t keep kicking the can down the road,” he stated. “It’s time.”
New York suffered from the primary main wave of the virus in spring 2020. Since then, main businesses within the metropolis have introduced reopening plans, solely to delay them as new variants and surges emerged. Some businesses may make distant work a everlasting characteristic.
But the mayor stated all metropolis businesses are co-dependent.
“It’s going to impact you. Eventually, you’re going to lose your clients,” Mr. Adams informed CEOs, utilizing the instance of an accountant who balances the books for a small firm. “Because if our restaurants close, if our small businesses close, who’s going to give you the business?”