MAYOR DE BLASIO SENDS STATE PROPOSAL TO CLOSE SCHOOLS AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN NINE NEW YORK CITY ZIP CODES
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MAYOR DE BLASIO SENDS STATE PROPOSAL TO CLOSE SCHOOLS AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN NINE NEW YORK CITY ZIP CODES

 
 
 
 
 

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THE CITY OF NEW YORK

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

NEW YORK, NY 10007

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: pressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, (212) 788-2958

 

MAYOR DE BLASIO SENDS STATE PROPOSAL TO CLOSE SCHOOLS AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN NINE NEW YORK CITY ZIP CODES

 

Proposed Plan to Take Effect Wednesday, October 7

 

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio today sent a proposal to New York State government to close non-essential businesses, including public and private schools, in nine New York City zip codes where COVID-19 rates have remained over 3% for the past seven days. This plan, which will begin on Wednesday, October 7th, also includes closing down high-risk activities in 11 additional New York City zip codes of concern.

 

While indoor and outdoor dining will be closed in these nine zip codes, restaurants will be allowed to continue serving customers for pickup and to-go meals. If successful, schools and non-essential businesses in the nine ZIP codes should be allowed to reopen after two weeks if rates are under 3%. If difficulties remain and cases continue to rise, all should remain closed for four weeks.

 

“New Yorkers have worked hard to fight back COVID-19, and we don’t make this recommendation lightly. But science guides our decision-making in this city – and we go where the facts take us,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Once again, it’s time for our city to dig deep and fight this virus the best way we know how: by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and looking after our seniors and most vulnerable neighbors.”

 

The nine zip codes include:

 

Neighborhood

ZIP

14-day positivity

(as of 10/4)

# days > 3%

Edgemere/Far Rockaway

11691

5.63%

14+

Borough Park

11219

8.31%

14+

Gravesend/Homecrest

11223

7.59%

14+

Midwood

11230

6.98%

14+

Bensonhurst/Mapleton

11204

6.47%

14

Flatlands/Midwood

11210

5.94%

14+

Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/ Sheepshead Bay

11229

4.36%

11

Kew Gardens

11415

3.81%

14+

Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok

11367

3.86%

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The proposal also includes actions in ZIP codes where rates have remained between two and three percent. In these neighborhoods, high-risk activities – like indoor dining, gyms, and indoor and outdoor pools – will be closed starting on Wednesday, October 7th. These areas include:

 

Neighborhood

ZIP

14-day positivity

(as of 10/4)

# days > 3%

Bedford-Stuyvesant (West)/Clinton Hill/Fort Greene

11205

1.94%

0

East Williamsburg/ Williamsburg

11211; 11249

2.18%

0

Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay

11235

3.95%

4

Bergen Beach/Flatlands/Marine Park/Mill Basin

11234

2.22%

0

Crown Heights (East)

11213

2.06%

0

Kensington/Windsor Terrace

11218

2.61%

0

Rego Park

11374

3.62%

4

Fresh Meadows/Hillcrest

11366

2.90%

0

Hillcrest/Jamaica Estates/Jamaica Hills

11432

2.25%

0

Auburndale/Fresh Meadows/Pomonok/Utopia

11365

2.04%

0

 

New York City will continue to distribute thousands of face masks every day. The City will also dedicate over 1,000 city personnel to outreach, education, and inspections of local businesses. Over 2,000 inspections have been conducted to date; 26 violations and 883 warnings have been issued.

 

The City also announced expanded testing in cluster areas. On Friday, the City conducted nearly 1,900 tests at more than 20 new locations.