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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’ll close businesses and schools in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens where there’s been a surge in coronavirus infections.
The school closures will start Wednesday for an initial period of two weeks, with the possibly of being dragged out for four weeks, he said.
Indoor and outdoor dining will also be closed in these areas. Houses of worship will stay opened with restrictions, he said.
The mayor’s plan must be approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who earlier on Sunday announced that the state would take over direct enforcement in 20 hot spots that are pushing infections to their highest level since the lockdown.
On Sunday, New York — which contained the deadliest outbreak in the nation early in the virus’s spread — reported its sixth consecutive day of new infections of 1,000 or more.
We’ve seen consistently high COVID-19 numbers in 9 zip codes across South Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Central Queens. We’re providing these areas with additional resources, but when presented with new information, we must act. We won’t risk the progress we’ve made.7:21 PM · Oct 4, 2020
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