New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is begging people to come back to the Big Apple and asking businesses to bring staff back to the office by ending remote work, or New York City will be hit hard, according to GateWay Pundit.

After more than a year of tight restrictions in which thousands of businesses were destroyed, Governor Cuomo said during a virtual conference call for the Association for a Better New York:

“Remember, we have to get people back and we have to get people back in volume. If you were to see a 15 percent decline of people coming back to New York City, that would have a devastating impact on the commercial market.”

Cuomo addressed employers directly, telling them that they need to get people back, to ask their employees to all come back to the office “For Labor Day.”

“We need that volume to support the restaurants and the shops, the services,” the Democratic governor declared, adding that “It’s not just about your business. It’s about all the spinoff effect economic activity that your workers bring to the surrounding community.”

In particular, New York City’s restaurant industry was hit hard after Cuomo gave the order to suspend indoor food services in March 2020, and later, in September, only allowed them to reopen at limited capacity.

But in December, the Democrat again suspended indoor dining, despite data indicating that restaurants were not the main source of transmission of the virus, and were only associated with less than 2% of cases during that period, according to Breitbart.

But the easing of restrictions announced by Cuomo a few days before Valentine’s Day, allowing indoor dining at 25% capacity, was not enough to avoid the catastrophic economic consequences faced by restaurants, and thousands of them closed for good.

When in January 2021, the Democratic governor stated in a tweet the need to open up the economy after more than a year of restrictions and closures, declaring that failure to do so would be “too high,” New York Republican Representative Lee Zeldin sarcastically responded to him at the time by saying:

“So let me get this straight..when Republicans have been saying this that means they are science deniers trying to kill people, but when @NYGovCuomo finally says this today then he is a genius who should write another book about his incredible leadership? Did I get that right?”

Cuomo’s call for a return to face-to-face work coincides with times when New York’s Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, made blunt statements aimed at companies pushing vaccinations for their employees to return to their jobs face-to-face. 

“If people want freedom, if people want jobs, if people want to get back to live again, we have to get more people vaccinated,” he said.

Several New York City companies have already initiated mandatory vaccinations, including some Wall Street corporations. According to The Hill, BlackRock Inc. only allows fully vaccinated employees to return, and Morgan Stanley requires employees and visitors to its New York City offices to be vaccinated against COVID.

Meanwhile, in June, it was announced that more than 100 key members of the multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs could relocate to Florida after more than a year of working remotely. The mega-firm’s snub to the Big Apple could indicate that severe restrictions have caused some firms to change their strategy despite years of being New York-centric.