New York City to shut down 9 neighborhoods as coronavirus spikes

NEW YORK — New York City is moving to impose new shutdowns in parts of the city in response to growing outbreaks of the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.

The city will reverse its reopening in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens beginning Wednesday morning, if it receives approval from the state.

Non-essential businesses would be shut down in those areas, restaurants would close except for takeout and delivery, and public and private schools would have to shut down.

“This will not be easy at all,” de Blasio said. “But it’s something that we believe is necessary.”

The nine targeted zip codes have had a positive coronavirus test rate of more than 3 percent for seven straight 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 shutdowns could last two to four weeks, depending on the progress in combating the spread of the virus.

In 11 other neighborhoods where infection rates have been rising, the city is proposing more limited restrictions: closing indoor dining, gyms and pools.

“We can stop this from spreading more deeply into New York City,” de Blasio said. “We can stop this from being a quote unquote second wave.”


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