Health officers and City Hall first began speaking in earnest about closing down components of the town on Friday, as well being indicators continued to worsen, a City Hall official mentioned. In his remarks on Sunday, the mayor emphasised that the college closures weren’t prompted by outbreaks in public faculties, however got here “out of an abundance of caution.”
“We have seen very little coronavirus activity in our schools,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the virus spikes gave the impression to be confined to the ZIP codes he was focusing on. “There does not have to be a second wave,” Mr. de Blasio mentioned. “The fact is that these communities are experiencing a problem.”
There have been mounting issues for weeks about transmission in yeshivas, which educate tens of 1000’s of youngsters and play a necessary function in Orthodox Jewish life in New York City. As early as May, when the town was nonetheless underneath a lockdown, a big yeshiva in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, was shuttered for violating the ban on in-person education.
And final month, the town ordered two yeshivas to shut after coronavirus circumstances have been detected. Some individuals in the Orthodox neighborhood, which incorporates a number of Hasidic teams, have privately raised issues about social distancing and masks compliance in yeshiva buildings.
The 9 ZIP codes topic to essentially the most extreme restrictions embody parts of Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens in Queens, and Borough Park, Midwood, Gravesend, Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. The restrictions would final for 2 to 4 weeks, if not longer, relying on the success of efforts to curb the virus, the mayor mentioned.
The metropolis can be intently watching the 11 extra ZIP codes, which Mr. de Blasio described as a “real concern.”
They embody components of Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Manhattan Beach, Bergen Beach, Kensington and Crown Heights in Brooklyn. The Queens neighborhoods embody Rego Park, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest and Jamaica Estates.