NEW YORK – New York City is set to impose new closures in parts of the city in response to growing coronavirus outbreaks, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.
The city will cancel its reopening in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens starting Wednesday morning, if it receives state approval.
Non-essential businesses would be closed in these areas, restaurants would close except for take-out and deliveries, and public and private schools would close.
“It won’t be easy at all,” de Blasio said. “But it’s something we believe is necessary.”
The nine targeted postal codes had a positive coronavirus test rate of more than 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 shutdowns could last for two to four weeks, depending on progress in tackling the spread of the virus.
In 11 other neighborhoods where infection rates are on the rise, the city is offering more limited restrictions: closing restaurants, gyms and indoor pools.
“We can prevent this from spreading any deeper into New York,” said de Blasio. “We can prevent this from being a second wave without a quote.”