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NYC Daily Roundup 03/24: Mayor Adams announces changes to COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Knicks win in Charlotte & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Thursday, fellow New Yorkers! Today is March 24, and this is another edition of the New York City Daily Roundup — an all-in-one article with the latest news from across the five boroughs.

On Thursday, New York City will see mild temperatures peaking at 53°F, with cloudy conditions for most of the day until the rain hits the area at 7 p.m. Sunset is scheduled for 7:12 p.m., as temperatures remain in the low 50s.

As for the news, here are the top local stories this Thursday:

1.) Mayor Adams ends vaccine mandate for pro athletes

On Thursday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams addressed locals from Citi Field, where he put an end to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for professional athletes and entertainers.

The change will affect all private workers and will allow unvaccinated New York Mets and Yankees players to suit up for the 2022 season. In addition, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will now be allowed to play in home games for the first time this season.

"It will help our economy recover in a real way," Adams said.

2.) New York Knicks pick up road win against Hornets

The New York Knicks defeated the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 121-106 on Wednesday. Knicks guard RJ Barrett led the team with 30 points in the victory, while forward Obi Toppin recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

"The important thing for us is to play winning basketball, play the right way, play hard and play unselfishly," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "You can deal with a missed shot if it's the right shot. But we made a number of plays tonight where a guy passed up a good shot and we ended up getting a better shot — and that's winning basketball."

"It's fun playing that way, being out there with a lot of joy and just sharing the basketball," Toppin said.

The Knicks will return to the court Friday against the Miami Heat.

3.) Uber makes room for NYC taxis on its app

New York City taxi cab drivers will soon be included on the Uber app, as the company continues to push past its driver shortages that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, per PIX 11.

“Uber has a long history of partnering with the taxi industry to provide drivers with more ways to earn and riders with another transportation option. Our partnerships with taxis look different around the world, and we’re excited to team up with taxi software companies CMT and Curb, which will benefit taxi drivers and all New Yorkers,” Andrew Macdonald, senior vice president, Mobility and Business Operations, at Uber, said in a prepared statement.

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