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NYC to close schools, non-essential businesses in 9 zip codes amid surge is coronavirus cases, says de Blasio



New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that non-essential businesses and public and private schools will close in nine postcodes in Brooklyn and Queens on Wednesday pending state approval.

Neighborhoods include Far Rockaway / Edgemere, Gravesend / Homecrest, Midwood, Bensonhurst / Mapleton, Flatlands / Midwood, Gerritsen Beach / Homecrest / Sheepshead Bay, Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hills / Pomonok.

The move is aimed at minimizing the spread of the coronavirus after cases in the areas exceeded a 3% positivity rate in the past seven days.

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“We can prevent this from being a ̵

6;second wave’ in New York City,” said de Blasio. “It is a very problematic reality in these communities that needs to be addressed aggressively.”

De Blasio added that the vast majority of the city with low positivity has remained stable and that the measures taken in Brooklyn and Queens are aimed at protecting the entire city.

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According to the mayor, around 100 public and 200 non-public schools would be closed within these nine zip codes. In addition, indoor eating is also affected in these areas.

A mother accompanies her children on Thursday, October 1, 2020, in New York, for the first day of personal tuition at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood.  The city's plans to send children back to the classrooms are based on an ambitious plan to run random virus tests on students and staff throughout the school year.  (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

A mother accompanies her children on Thursday, October 1, 2020, in New York, for the first day of personal tuition at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood. The city’s plans to send children back to the classrooms are based on an ambitious plan to run random virus tests on students and staff throughout the school year. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

Students with the zip codes listed could return to their schools on Monday and Tuesday to meet with teachers and plan a school-wide return to distance learning.

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In order for these communities to reopen, de Blasio must achieve either a positivity rate of less than 3% or a 14-day average of less than 3% at the end of a 28-day break for the last seven consecutive days after a 14-day break Break.


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