NEW YORK – New York City is moving to impose new closures in parts of the city in response to the growing coronavirus outbreaks, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.
The city will cancel reopening in nine boroughs in Brooklyn and Queens starting Wednesday morning if it receives state approval.
Non-essential businesses would be closed in those areas, restaurants would close except for takeout and delivery, and public and private schools would close.
“It won’t be easy at all,” said de Blasio. “But it is something we believe is necessary.”
The nine targeted postcodes had a positive coronavirus test rate of over 3% for seven consecutive days. They include parts of Far Rockaway, Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hills in Queens and Borough Park, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Flatlands, and Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn.
The arrests could last anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on progress in fighting the spread of the virus.
In 11 other neighborhoods where infection rates have risen, the city has more limited restrictions: closing restaurants, gyms and indoor swimming pools.
“We can prevent this from spreading more deeply in New York City,” de Blasio said. “We can prevent this from being a second wave without quotes.”