COVID NYC update: City warns neighborhoods with increasing cases may see their activity decrease


NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Residents of six neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens may face new COVID-19 restrictions due to growing clusters of the virus. According to the Department of Health, six neighborhoods, including Williamsburg, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Borough Park and two neighborhoods in Queens are seeing a disturbing increase in COVID cases.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier in the week that the city would target these neighborhoods, with a focus on expanded testing and contact tracing.RELATED | As cases rise in 6 New York neighborhoods, city to speed up testing

The DOH says that starting Friday there will be regular inspections of non-public schools within those clusters and their adjacent zip codes.

They say a number of law enforcement personnel will continue to increase in order to provide mask and social distancing cooperation in these areas.

The city says if progress is not made by Monday, September 28, there could be an immediate reduction in activity in those areas, including a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Fines could be imposed on residents who do not wear masks.

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Private schools and daycares may also be closed.

In addition, non-essential businesses may be forced to close.

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