New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled all large events across the city through September 30, according to a statement from his office.
"As New York has begun its reopening process, accessible open spaces are more important than ever," de Blasio said. "While it pains me to call off some of the city's beloved events, our focus now must be the prioritization of city space for public use and the continuation of social distancing."
Events that do not conflict with "open streets" or "open restaurant" areas can still apply for a permit, the statement said.
De Blasio said large events means things like street fairs, concerts and parades.
"Things that here in the city can mean not just thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people. It's just not time for that," he told CNN on Thursday.
When asked if people would be able to gather to protest, de Blasio said that was an area of sensitivity.
"We understand at this moment in history, people are talking about the need for historic changes," he said. "This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that, but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we're used to – the parades, the fairs – we just can't have that while we're focusing on health right now."