BIG APPLE CLOSURE: De Blasio to Shut Down Parts of NYC Starting Wednesday

Mayor Bill de Blasio (Matthew McDermott)

Another beauty from Hizzoner, this time in honor of Chol Hamoed.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said today that he wants to send the city’s COVID-19 hot-spot neighborhoods into lockdown again starting Wednesday — shutting down all of their non-essential businesses, public and private in-school learning and indoor and outdoor restaurant dining.

Houses of worship, like shuls, will remain open.

“We’re having an extraordinary problem — something we haven’t seen since spring,’’ de Blasio told reporters on a conference call, referring to the uptick in the coronavirus in those areas.

About a half-million people would be affected by the return to the kind of drastic shut-down that the city hasn’t seen since one was instituted in mid-March.

The move would shut down in-classroom learning for 100 public schools and another 200 private schools, the mayor said.

Meanwhile, another 11 neighborhoods in the city are on a “watch list’’ over their COVID-19 numbers — and would lose indoor dining and have their gyms and pools closed starting Wednesday morning under the city’s push.


Here they are by zip code, along with their 14-day rate of positive coronavirus tests, according to the city:

11219: Borough Park, Brooklyn (8.31 percent)
11223: Gravesend/Homecrest, Brooklyn (7.59 percent)
11230: Midwood, Brooklyn (6.98 percent)
11204: Bensonhurst/Mapleton, Brooklyn (6.47 percent)
11210: Flatlands, Brooklyn (5.94 percent)
11691: Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Queens (5.63 percent)
11229: Gerritsen Beach/Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (4.36 percent)
11367: Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok, Queens (3.86 percent)
11415: Kew Gardens, Queens (3.81 percent)

All non-essential businesses in the zip codes would be shut down, as would on-site learning at their public and private schools and indoor and outdoor restaurant dining, under the plan proposed Sunday by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Gov. Andrew Cuomo still has to sign off on the proposed lockdown.

The city also has put 11 more neighborhoods on a “watch list’’ because of their worrisome coronavirus rates — and these areas would lose indoor dining, while their gyms and pools would be closed, under the mayor’s plan.

They are, by zip code and with their 14-day average percentage of positive-test results:

11235: Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (3.95 percent)
11374: Rego Park, Queens (3.62 percent)
11366: Fresh Meadows/Hillcrest, Queens (2.90 percent)
11218: Kensington/Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn (2.61 percent)
11432: Hillcrest/Jamaica Estates/Jamaica Hills, Queens (2.25 percent)
11234: Bergen Beach/Flatlands/Marine Park/Mill Basin, Brooklyn (2.22 percent)
11211: East Williamsburg/Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2.18 percent)
11249: East Williamsburg/Williamsburg, Brooklyn (2.18 percent)
11213: Crown Heights (east), Brooklyn (2.06 percent)
11365: Auburndale/Fresh Meadows/Pomonok/Utopia, Queens (2.04 percent)
11205: Bedford-Stuyvesant (west)/Clinton Hill/Fort Greene, Brooklyn (1.94 percent)

(Matzav / NY Post)


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