Flashback: De Blasio, NY Commissioner Told People to Gather in Groups When Coronavirus Outbreak Started

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot once had different advice for New Yorkers.

As the coronavirus battered Wuhan, China, and spread to other areas overseas in January, one positive case was confirmed in Washington state. However, that one case didn’t receive an alarming response.

In fact, at the time, de Blasio and Barbot encouraged New Yorkers to go on with their lives and take the same precautions they would take for the flu.

“We are encouraging New Yorkers to go about their everyday lives and suggest practicing everyday precautions that we do through the flu season,” Barbot said on Jan. 26.

She added that those “who had recently traveled from Wuhan were not being urged to self-quarantine or avoid large public gatherings.”

The following week, Barbot, again offered reassurance to New Yorkers. She tweeted her advice to local citizens encouraging them not to alter their holiday plans.

De Blasio also echoed similar sentiments. He opted to make his stance on the disease known on Feb. 2.

“People should be very clear about what this disease is and what it isn’t, and New Yorkers, I always say, are not intimidated easily. New Yorkers should go about our lives, continue doing what we do. … We understand some things about this disease. As I said, others are still unclear. But what is clear is the only way you get it is with substantial contact with someone who already has it. You don’t get it from a surface. You don’t get it from glancing or very temporary contact based on what we know now.”

In February, the concept of “social distancing” was introduced but also led to people being labeled as racists.

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding social distancing and the growing spread of the virus, de Blasio promoted socializing until March —just weeks before the virus imploded in New York.

“Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives [and] get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions,” de Blasio tweeted on March 2. “Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see ‘The Traitor’ [Film at Lincoln Center]. If ‘The Wire’ was a true story [and] set in Italy, it would be this film.”

Even by March 11, de Blasio still offered information along the same lines. During a press conference, he said, “If you’re not sick, you should be going about your life.”

But just four days later, the coronavirus led to the closure of all schools in New York.

Health officials and advisors to de Blasio reportedly threatened to resign as a result of him not heeding their warnings.

Now, de Blasio is working to combat the rapid spread of the virus and flatten the curve. As of Saturday morning, the state of New York had more than 40,000 positive coronavirus cases.

Published in IJR


  1. So you have this idiot and AOC, man New Yorker’s are dumb when it comes to voting the Gambino Family would have been a better choice.

  2. I saw this guy when Hannity interviewed him, a two-parter, de Blasio was as dumb as a box of rocks, he definitely proved you don’t need any intelligence to be a Dem!

  3. The failure of DiBlahBlahBlah AND his administration are illustrated by the lack of PPE.

    NYC had contracts to buy supplies several months back. The city comptroller released the funds. The bureaucracy in charge of issuing the checks f’d up. By weeks. The suppliers had other cities with money in hand. Guess who got the supplies?

    q.v. “https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/03/25/oh-look-de-blasio-forgets-to-mention-his-role-in-nycs-wuhan-coronavirus-outbreak-n2565762”

    Perhaps the former Warren Wilhelm, Jr. (DiBlah’s real name) was sulking after his self-aborting presidential bid and couldn’t be bothered.

  4. To Paul, (because IJR’s reply system is FUBAR)

    So…a message from the president of “We’re all gonna die!” “Your surviving kids will breed with mutants.” is preferable? Let’s not forget a certain president who HID his crippled condition with the full, unquestioning support of the MSM.

    Soooo…buying into the MSM’s message of imminetn doom or just flexing your full-blown TDS? No test needed as your posts come back “positive”.

    1. Screwball,
      For one, we know that Trump is a lying, self-serving butthead that knows nothing, or cares nothing, about American people. Of that, of course, we do agree. What can we do about it? Perhaps, listen to medical and scientific experts who have studied this and bring out their results. WHHOOPS!! We have somebody in the way who believes Jared’s and Ivanka’s testimonies. How Great for America!!

  5. Captain snowflake – 45 was 30 days behind schedule notifying the american public of this pandemic. Thousands will die because of his incompetence!

    1. Remember the H1N1 Swine flu? Obama/Biden were in charge? When Obama addressed the nation about swine flu, or H1N1, in April 2009, the disease was just starting to spread. It wouldn’t be until June 2009 that the swine flu would be declared a pandemic. And over 12,000 died. And yet President Trump
      Is held to a different standard by his haters.

    2. Obama was 2 months behind. Different standards because Trump isn’t a Democrat. Would seem so.

  6. Yet, still, at least as of 1:010: CDT, Donnie denies everything. What does he have to be afraid of science, health executives and the truth? Oh, wait, I’m sorry, Donnie doesn’t know what truth is. My bad, never mind.

  7. DEBLASIO will deny it! You can’t prove it! Trump told him to say that! He can’t be responsible for all medical conditions! He isn’t a doctor!
    Poor Bill- no one understands the demands he is under! He has to get to the gym! He needs to make sure New Yorkers have as much money spent on them as possible.

    My goodness this fella is just an idiot- at least in public-
    Those who voted for him are the true embarrassment

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