The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, proposed this Sunday to state authorities the closure of all non-essential activity, including educational centers, in the nine postal districts of the city where COVID-19 outbreaks have been detected and in which the rate of positive results in the analyzes has been maintained above 3% during the last seven days.
In a statement, the mayor has requested that the stoppage of non-essential activity start october 7 and it has also called for “high risk” activities to be banned in eleven other New York postal districts.
The councilor’s proposal, which nNeeds Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval In order for it to be effective, it raises, among other things, that restaurants can only offer take-out food and home delivery and that service on terraces and in indoor dining rooms be canceled.
De Blasio also recommends that schools and non-essential businesses remain closed for at least two weeks and that if in this period, the rate of positives in COVID-19 tests is not reduced below 3% than the closure continue another two weeks.
“New Yorkers have worked hard to fight COVID-19 and we are not making this recovery lightly, but science guides our decisions in the city,” said De Blasio, before stressing the importance of wearing a mask and keeping your distance. Social.
According to data provided by local authorities, two of these areas have been registering levels above 3% for fourteen days, another above 4%, in two other areas they have exceeded 5% and in the rest they are between 6 and 8% of positives.
In addition, in the other eleven districts where the closure of “high risk” activities, such as gyms and swimming pools or consumption inside bars and restaurants, the rate of positive analysis has fluctuated between 2 and 3%.
For his part, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has not commented on De Blasio’s proposal, has accused the «local governments »for not having done a job andfective in those postal areas with outbreaks.
In addition to the peaks recorded in New York City, especially in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, outbreaks have also been detected in two counties: Rockland and Orange. “Local governments haven’t done an effective job in these hot spot zip codes. The state will make an aggressive application starting tomorrow, “he said.
Cuomo also showed his preoccupied by shortage of COVID-19 tests schools and warned that “if localities do not immediately test schools in those areas, the state will close them immediately.” “Without testing, we cannot guarantee the safety of schools for parents and teachers,” he stressed.
The Governor also announced that New York State will deploy personnel to directly enforce state guidelines within these areas.
According to data provided by Cuomo, in total it’s 20 zip codes across the state that have posted major spikes. The average rate of positive cases in these areas is 4.8%. Cuomo wanted to insist that in the rest of the state – without counting the areas of the outbreaks – the rate of positive results is 0.91%.
Authorities first reported the location of several outbreaks last weekend. However, so far, they have failed to control the outbreaks as concerns mount that they could spread to other areas of the city.