NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Calls for Non-Essential Businesses & Schools to Close Amid Pandemic
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for a shutdown of non-essential businesses in nine areas across the city which are spiking in coronavirus cases amid the pandemic.
The Mayor outlined his proposal on Sunday (October 4) during a press conference, adding that it “pains me to be putting forward this approach.”
“Over these last weeks we had some moments as New Yorkers that we could celebrate after everything we’ve been through. Today, unfortunately, is not a day for celebration,” he said.
“In some parts of our city in Brooklyn and Queens, we’re having an extraordinary problem. Something we haven’t seen since the spring,” he said.
He named nine zip codes that have reported a COVID-19 positivity rate of over three percent for at least seven consecutive weeks. He also said he will need state approval before implementing the shutdown.
He hopes for it to begin on Wednesday morning (October 7), and last for between two to four weeks. It would mean all public and private schools in the nine areas would close, as would most businesses. Restaurants would be allowed to stay open for take-out or pick-up.
Over half a million residents are assumed to be affected by the closures, as well as around 100 public and 200 private schools, according to ABC 7.
He added that 11 additional neighborhoods are on a “watch list,” and will also call for a shutdown of “higher-risk activities” in those areas, like indoor dining, pools and gyms.
The President of the United States is currently battling coronavirus in the hospital.
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