Re-Open New York, which successfully defied New York’s lockdown orders in May, is vowing to do so again should Mayor Bill de Blasio make good on his threat to close all schools and businesses defined as non-essential in areas that have seen a rise in Covid-19 cases.
The group comprises New Yorkers of all ethnicities and religions, but was founded by five Orthodox Jews, four of them women.
“[W]e were successful in the spring and we will be successful once again,” the group said in a statement released on Monday.
“We are re-activated in a new campaign to once again save our businesses and communities from the economic devastation that is born of lockdowns which do not work and have not been effective despite the constant lies from our power hungry elected officials,” said the group.
“These closures are irrational and dangerous to the mental and physical health of children and the entire citizenry…. We will do all that is in our power as New Yorker’s and proud American citizens to fight these draconian measures. The last lockdown was to flatten to curve; any future lockdown will almost certainly flatten the people.”