New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Sunday that he is planning to close schools and nonessential businesses in nine neighborhoods that have seen increases in coronavirus positivity rates.
The plan, which needs state approval, aims to “contain the situation” and “avoid a bigger second wave” in the city, De Blasio said during a briefing.
Schools and nonessential businesses are closing in nine ZIP codes that had positive testing rates of more than 3 percent over the last seven days. The impacted zip codes include portions of Far Rockaway, Borough Park, Midwood, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay and Kew Gardens.
The new restrictions would begin on Wednesday and include all public and private schools and daycares, the mayor said.
Restaurants will be limited to filling to-go and pick-up orders only.
De Blasio said the city is not seeing a nexus linked to the spread from public schools, but the decision is being made “out of an abundance of caution” to limit the activity in those areas.
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