Health care workers around the country have been on the front lines protecting citizens from the coronavirus pandemic. As New York City works to flatten the curve, Mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear that he intends to show his appreciation for the people who helped keep the city safe. 

During a conversation with the media on Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio revealed that the city will throw a ticker tape parade to celebrate the health care workers once the dust settles. 

"The day is coming where we will overcome this disease," de Blasio said during a conference call per the New York Post. "When that day comes that we can restart the vibrant beautiful life of this city the first thing we will do is have a ticker-tape parade. ... We will honor those who saved us."

The mayor went on to say that it will be the "greatest of all the parades" because it will speak to the "rebirth of New York City." 

"This parade will mark the beginning of our renaissance, but it’ll also be most importantly the chance to say thank you to so many good and noble people," he continued. "This one will speak to the kind of heroism that is intrinsic to who we are as New Yorkers."

New York has become the coronavirus epicenter. Yet last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo went on record claiming that the "worst is over." Cuomo says he's now moving towards reopening New York, but he is aware that "reckless behavior" could cause a second spike in cases. As a result, it is likely that the state will be reopened in phases.