New York City Mayor Aims to Create Roadmap on How to Rebuild Amid COVID-19

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The mayor, a Democrat, said at a news conference that city leaders he’s invited to help plan the city's recovery should give him the roadmap by June 1. He said a full rebuild will take about 20 months.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday he hopes to have a roadmap by June 1 on how to rebuild the city after the coronavirus threat subsides.

The mayor, a Democrat, said at a news conference that city leaders he’s invited to help plan the city's recovery should give him the roadmap by then. He said a full rebuild will take about 20 months.

De Blasio also said the latest statistics on people being treated for COVID-19 continued to be stable or decline.

The number of people in the city's hospital intensive care units had dropped from 785 to 768. De Blasio said the city can’t begin reopening until decreases continue for 10 to 14 days. He said such a decline would signal it was time for the first steps in opening up.

“The health indicators have to give us the all-clear,” de Blasio said. “We restart when we have evidence. There’s no on-off switch here. It’s a series of careful, smart moves.”