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Eric Adams to revisit inauguration plans over NYC COVID spike

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Mayor-elect Eric Adams is planning to meet with health officials Friday to discuss his current plans for indoor inaugural festivities in January amid a spike in new COVID cases and the surging Omicron variant.

His transition team previously announced plans to host the festivities at the historic Kings Theater in Brooklyn, in contrast to previous inaugural ceremonies held outdoors on New Years Day in typically frigid January weather.

“We are going to have a briefing today with the Health Department, the Mayor’s team — the Mayor has been amazing in coordinating with us — and, so, we are going to really look at the numbers, make sure that we put all protocols in place and make a final determination,” Adams told reporters Friday, following a breakfast gathering with ministers in Brooklyn.

A COVID-19 testing site is set up outdoors in NYC.
The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading at higher rates in New York City than anywhere else in the country.
AFP via Getty Images / Ed Jones

“I’m really proud that they immediately flagged the increase in COVID cases, the team has been really coordinating around this. So, we are making final decision on what we are going to do,” he added.

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