By Anthony Payero
(NEW YORK) Fellow New Yorkers, the weekend is here! Today is Friday, March 4 & this is another weekend edition of the New York City Daily Roundup — the best way to find the latest news stories from all five boroughs.
The weekend will welcome warmer temperatures in the area, with the high on Friday peaking at 39°F. Sunny conditions will remain throughout the day until the 5:50 p.m. sunset. Cloudy conditions will follow on Saturday with a high of 46°F expected. Sunday will conclude the weekend with some rain in the morning, joined with a high of 69°F.
As for the news, here's what you need to know this Friday:
New York City will conclude its Key 2 NYC program, along with the indoor mask mandate at public schools on Monday, Mayor Eric Adams announced Friday at Times Square. Restaurants are still able to require vaccines, but only if they choose to do so.
"We are not out of the woods but we are beating it back," Adams said of the city's 1.8% COVID positivity level.
"Two years ago, New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, but thanks to New Yorkers getting vaccinated and getting boosted we have made tremendous progress," Mayor Adams said. "I've said time and time again that the numbers and science will guide us as we continue to recover and rebuild, and now New York City is back, and vaccinations are why we're back. New Yorkers should be getting out and enjoying our amazing city. The fight may not be over, but we're clearly winning the war. We are open for business and New York City has its groove back."
The Brooklyn Nets are now 13-18 at Barclays Center after losing 113-107 against the Miami Heat on Thursday. Despite the loss, the Nets welcomed back All-Star Kevin Durant, who missed a month and a half due to injury.
"I felt great," Durant said. "I'm only going to get better, more comfortable out there."
Durant scored 31 points in the loss. The Nets will return to action on the road Sunday against the Boston Celtics.
As the COVID-19 guidelines continue to change around the city, COVID-19 will now be tracked through a new four-tier alert system, per NBC 4.
Alert levels red (very high), orange (high), yellow (medium, and green (low), also display the level of community spread. After the city reaches orange or red levels, its health care services are under significant stress.
"We will make proper public health decisions to keep our city safe. We will pivot if we see a reason to change any policies. We're going to be unafraid to make those adjustments and changes. COVID changes. It shifts, it modifies. We must be open to do the same," Mayor Eric Adams said.
"Our new COVID Alert system gives New Yorkers a roadmap for how to reduce their own risk in the event that we see another surge or increase in transmission," Dr. Dave Chokshi said. "COVID Alert will keep New Yorkers informed, including about actions to expect from city government. As we look to the months ahead, we must continue to do all we can to prevent unnecessary suffering due to COVID-19."