Day care may reopen soon, NYC to invest $157M in high-speed internet for low-income communities: de Blasio

Kimberly Dole
July 07, 2020 - 11:26 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced during his daily briefing on Tuesday that childcare could soon reopen.

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The NYC Board of Health will vote later to allow reopening of 3,000 childcare centers by July 13, de Blasio said.

"The Board of Health is looking at the data, looking at the facts, how to do this properly, how to do this safely," he said.

Once reopened, there will be strict safety requirements in place including no more than 15 children per room, social distancing, face coverings for staff, daily health screenings, and disinfection.

"One of the things we see, thank God, is that the data consistently shows a low infection rate among children when it comes to the coronavirus," the mayor added.

De Blasio also announced that the city is investing $157 million in high-speed internet for NYC Housing Authority and low-income communities, including $87 million "redirected from the NYPD budget."

"These internet companies have gotten away with something that is just inappropriate," he said. "It's unfair, it's not respectful of communities that are in such great need and we're going to do something about that."

The mayor said many low-income communities have little access to the internet which has been a basic need during the pandemic.

The new broadband infrastructure will reach 600,000 New Yorkers including 200,000 NYCHA residents.

New state legislation would let the NYC charge private internet utilities to use city streets and use that revenue to pay for internet services in low-income neighborhoods.