In many cities, including NY, NJ and Los Angeles, gyms have or are set to close in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
However, that did not stop Bill de Blasio from going to the gym Monday, saying “I suspected that we were all going to be about to close them down, and this would be the last time to get some exercise.”
Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly blasted de Blasio on Twitter, writing “Way to set the example, Mr. Mayor.”
TheHill reports New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) defended going to the gym Monday even as the city moves to curtail public gatherings amid the
De Blasio was asked about attending his Brooklyn public gym at a press conference and responded he knew he was entering a “very socially distanced situation.”
“There was almost no one there. I had heard that information prior,” he said. “I suspected that we were all going to be about to close them down, and this would be the last time to get some exercise.”
The mayor added that he didn’t get to exercise “whatsoever” during the weekend because he was “in this building.” De Blasio said that he will find a “new way” to exercise “going forward.”
“I did not think for a moment there was anything problematic because I knew the dynamics,” he said. “And again, I have to stay healthy so I can make the decisions for the people of this city.”
Several states and cities have shut down bars, movie theaters and other public facilities amid the coronavirus outbreak. Gyms across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were scheduled to close at 8 p.m.