With COVID Rates Rising, Keep Thanksgiving Gatherings Small

I just sent the following message citywide.  As much as we all want to gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving, it’s important to keep this season’s celebrations small.  May we be thankful for our blessings, even at this time of challenge, and look forward with hope to better days ahead.

This is Mayor Noam Bramson with a public health update.

Para espanol, oprima numero uno.

COVID rates continue to rise in our city and region, so as we approach Thanksgiving, let’s show our gratitude for medical workers, first responders, and others on the front line, by keeping our in-person holiday celebrations small, and connecting with extended family by phone or video, instead.

Act wisely and responsibly to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our community. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Stay home if you’re sick. And for a free test, call 1-888-364-3065.

For more information, visit www.newrochelleny.com/coronavirus.

Finally, a reminder about this week’s DPW holiday schedule. There will be no garbage pickup on Thursday or Friday. Citywide comingled pickup will occur tomorrow, Wednesday, as usual.

Thank you for listening, and, even in this challenging season, let’s all be mindful of our blessings and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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County Delivers PPE

Thank you to County Executive George Latimer and his team for delivering hand sanitizer and masks to New Rochelle City Hall last week.  As we look ahead to a potentially challenging winter, supplies of PPE will help the City safeguard essential workers and support community organizations.

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Yellow COVID Zone Established in New Rochelle

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New York State has established a yellow COVID zone in portions of New Rochelle.  A few moments ago, I sent the following message citywide:

This is Mayor Noam Bramson with an important public health update.

Today, New York State established a yellow COVID zone in parts of New Rochelle and in several other communities of Westchester. New Rochelle’s zone covers about half of the 10801 zip code and a portion of the 10805 zip code.   For a detailed map, please visit newrochelleny.com/coronavirus.

Within the yellow zone, restaurant dining is limited to 4 people per table, houses of worship are limited to 50% capacity, and non-residential gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 25 people. Remember that gatherings at private homes are already limited to a maximum of ten people state-wide. Information on public school impacts will come directly from the School District. For a full description, please visit forward.ny.gov.

Starting Monday, City Hall will be closed to the public, except by appointment. Multiple services will remain available online.

The creation of a yellow zone should serve as a significant warning to residents in all neighborhoods of New Rochelle that COVID rates are rising fast, and that further restrictions will be necessary if we cannot bring the virus under control.

Take responsible action. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Wash your hands frequently. And avoid non-essential contact. Stay home if you’re sick, and get tested if you think you may have been exposed.

Free coronavirus tests are still available at the drive-thru center at Glen Island and at the walk-thru center on Guion Place by Montefiore Hospital. To schedule a test, call 1-888-364-3065.

To report violations of COVID restrictions, call the City Manager’s office at 914-654-2140 or the State hotline at 1-833-789-0470.

New Rochelle has faced this challenge before, and we will face it again with determination, calm, and respect for all of our neighbors.

Thank you for listening. Additional bulletins will follow as warranted. And stay healthy.

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Drew Days, Rest in Peace

Drew Days, one of New Rochelle High School’s most accomplished and admired graduates, has passed away.  His exceptional legal career was wide-ranging, with a special focus on the defense and expansion of civil rights.  Among many other professional achievements, he rose to become the the Solicitor General of the United States under President Clinton.  Learn more in this obituary.  May Drew Days serve as a lasting source of inspiration to our community and nation, and may he rest in peace.

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