24 THE QUEENS COURIER • OCTOBER 8, 2020 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
When will we listen and learn?
Well, here we go again.
New York City wants to put a
“pause” to businesses and schools
(read: shut them down) beginning
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Story: Long Island City’s Silvercup Studios offi cially
sold to West Coast investment group
Summary: The iconic Silvercup Studios, the fi lm and
television production company based in Long Island
City, has been sold to a Los Angeles-based group of
Reach: 4,082 (as of 10/5/20)
this week in nine areas of
Brooklyn and Queens that have
seen a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Mayor Bill de Blasio
announced this plan Sunday as
part of an ongoing eff ort to prevent
these clusters from growing
into the kind of widespread
outbreak that devastated the city
back in March and April. He
acknowledged that it’s going to
hurt businesses in these areas
that struggled through the pandemic,
but that the city had no
other choice but to take this
Why? For the same reason tens
of thousands of new COVID-19
cases are reported in America
seven months later.
For the same reason more than
200,000 Americans have needlessly
died of this illness.
For the same reason that
President Trump himself became
infected, and is now hospitalized.
A refusal to listen.
COVID-19 is diffi cult to detect
and treat, but it’s remarkably easy
to protect yourself from it. Wear
masks. Avoid large gatherings.
Practice social distancing. Wash
hands. Stay home if you feel
Th is mantra has been drilled
into us for months — it works.
We know it works.
Yet many of us don’t care to
follow it — not just in the nine
hot spots, but all over this city.
We keep hearing about city
agencies working to educate people
on mask-wearing and handing
them out. Governor Andrew
Cuomo dismissed that recently,
considering this crisis began here
more than seven months ago.
He’s right. Someone would’ve
had to have lived under a rock
the last seven months not to
know. Everyone knows what
we’re supposed to do to stop
COVID-19 — and the problem
is largely due to selfi shness and
And that not only sickens and
kills, it undermines our communities
in other ways.
Allowing COVID-19 to spread
will provoke another shutdown
that will kill many of the businesses
that survived the fi rst
pause. It will set back an entire
generation of children already
struggling to recover from the
spring school shutdown.
Our ability to contain COVID-
19 is directly tied to our commitment
to contain it. And that
means we must change from
thinking of ourselves to thinking
You want normalcy? Listen to
the advice, follow it, and we will
REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo
Everyone knows what we’re supposed to do to stop COVID-19, but it’s up to us to do what needs to be done.