The new mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, said the city needed to be resilient against Covid-19 as he was sworn into office.
Adams used his inaugural address to urge the city’s 9 million residents to not let Covid run their lives. “Getting vaccinated is not letting the crisis control you,” Adams said at City Hall. “Enjoying a Broadway show. Sending your kids to school. Going back to the office. These are declarations of confidence that our city is our own.”
The city has seen subway lines, restaurants and urgent care centres close because of Covid-related staff shortages. The 61-year-old said he would keep vaccine mandates in place.
The former New York City police captain rode the subway from his home in Brooklyn to City Hall according to Associated Press. In his address, he added that the pandemic had put the city through “two years of continuous crisis,” Adams said, “and that insults our very nature as New Yorkers.”
“There’s one thing that everyone knows about New Yorkers: We don’t like anyone telling us what to do,” he said.