In a bid to comprise coronavirus clusters in components of New York Metropolis and its northern suburbs, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced new restrictions in those areas, together with briefly closing nonessential companies and colleges.
Beginning as quickly as Wednesday and no later than Friday, many shops, gyms, salons and different companies will shut within the hardest-hit locations, the place the speed of recent instances has remained stubbornly excessive up to now week. Eating places and bars would once more be restricted to takeout and supply solely, as they had been firstly of the pandemic.
Mass gatherings can be barred besides at homes of worship, which might be restricted to 25 p.c capability, with a 10-person most. And Mr. Cuomo, who on Monday closed schools in the city’s hot spots, stated that colleges in components of Rockland and Orange Counties would additionally shut.
In geographic areas across the clusters, much less extreme restrictions can be in place, together with prohibiting indoor eating and shutting companies deemed “high-risk,” together with gyms and private care enterprise.
The precise boundaries of all the brand new cluster zones started to emerge late Tuesday, with Mr. Cuomo posting on Twitter a map of the Brooklyn cluster zone, which appeared to incorporate the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Borough Park, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay and Sundown Park, and maps for the other cluster zones. The restrictions might be in place for at the very least two weeks.
The brand new measures marked a staggering setback in New York, as soon as the middle of the pandemic, the place officers had seen months of declining or flat charges of constructive check outcomes after a devastating and lethal spring.
Officers have warned not too long ago about clusters the place the virus gave the impression to be spreading quickly, including at colleges and universities.
In an effort to deal with sizzling spots in Brooklyn and Queens, Mr. Cuomo had already ordered all private and non-private colleges in 9 of the town’s ZIP codes to shut as of Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday, Mr. de Blasio stated that in testing at 35 colleges within the 9 ZIP codes, simply two of 1,351 assessments returned constructive outcomes between Sept. 25 and Oct. 5. However current estimates of the unfold of infections in metropolis colleges advised that the town’s formidable testing plans may be insufficient to catch outbreaks earlier than they unfold past a handful of scholars.
Officers in Orange County already closed all colleges in Kiryas Joel, a predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish village situated in a ZIP code seeing among the highest seven-day common positivity charges within the state in current days. Colleges in different components of that ZIP code weren’t ordered to shut.
On Tuesday, the governor stated 705 virus sufferers had been hospitalized statewide, up from 636 the day earlier than.
Mr. Cuomo additionally stated that vacationers from New Mexico are now required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, becoming a member of an extended checklist of different states and territories.
Vacationers to Connecticut and New Jersey are additionally now topic to a 14-day quarantine if they’re coming from those self same locations, although compliance is voluntary in New Jersey and there is a testing alternative in Connecticut.