NEW YORK – New York City plans to impose new shutdowns in parts of the city to respond to growing coronavirus outbreaks, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.
The city will reverse its reopening in nine boroughs in Brooklyn and Queens starting Wednesday morning if the state approves it.
Non-essential businesses in these areas would be closed, restaurants would be closed except for takeout and delivery, and public and private schools would have to close.
“It won’t be that easy,” said de Blasio. “But we believe it is necessary.”
The nine destination zip codes had a positive coronavirus test rate of more than 3 percent for seven days. These include portions of Far Rockaway, Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hills in Queens and Borough Park, Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Flatlands and Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn.
The shutdowns can last two to four weeks depending on progress in combating the spread of the virus.
In eleven other neighborhoods where infection rates have risen, the city is proposing limited restrictions: closing restaurants, gyms and pools.
“We can prevent this from spreading deeper into New York City,” said de Blasio. “We can prevent this from being a quote without a second wave quote.”