Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a day after rebuffing Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s plan to close down non-essential companies like eating places in elements of Brooklyn and Queens with spiking COVID-19 infections, launched a plan to close down non-essential companies like eating places in elements of Brooklyn and Queens with spiking COVID-19 infections.
The modified shutdowns will go into impact this week and last as long as 14 days.
Cuomo had advised yesterday that he would possibly shut nonessential companies in sizzling spot zones, however took challenge with de Blasio’s plan to assign shutdowns in accordance with ZIP codes. The governor is as a substitute utilizing cluster knowledge to tailor the closures.
Eating places closest to the cluster, within the so-called purple zone, will likely be restricted to takeout eating. Institutions in orange zones will have the ability to do outside eating, with a most of 4 individuals per desk. Venues within the yellow zone can have each indoor and outside choices, with the identical 4 individual cap on tables.
New York Metropolis eating places in areas not beneath Cuomo’s new code system can presently accommodate as much as 10 diners per desk indoors. The governor didn’t specify the place the boundaries of assorted coloration zones would lie, however he stated that companies could be notified.
“Launch the maps to the general public so we all know what this implies!,” one Twitter consumer wrote whereas the governor was nonetheless talking. Cuomo walked offstage whereas a journalist requested him how individuals would know in the event that they have been dwelling in a selected zone.
One of many governor’s slides indicated that the state could be consulting with native governments on the boundaries of the shutdown areas. A spokesperson for the Mayor’s workplace stated on Twitter that maps with boundaries were incoming and that enforcement might start as early as Thursday.
Town initially reported an uptick in COVID-19 cases within the affected ZIP codes simply days earlier than NYC’s return to indoor eating on September 30, following a six-month closure of eating rooms. For the week that adopted, each Cuomo and de Blasio stated they’d hold a close eye on the state of affairs earlier than asserting any sort of shutdown measures.
The mayor’s workplace had beforehand advised that it could rethink indoor eating citywide if the COVID-19 positivity price went above two %, however over the weekend Mayor Invoice de Blasio determined that the town was going to take a extra targeted method. On Sunday, he announced his intention to shutdown indoor and outside eating in 9 affected ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens, and take away indoor eating in 11 further ZIP codes together with elements of Williamsburg, Mattress-Stuy, Clinton Hill, and areas of South Brooklyn that had additionally seen an increase in instances, however not as excessive because the 9 ZIP codes.
De Blasio meant these new restrictions to enter impact on Wednesday, however wanted Cuomo’s approval to maneuver ahead. The governor agreed to the faculties closure a part of de Blasio’s plan, however nixed his plan to restrict indoor and outside eating by ZIP code, earlier than asserting his personal plan at this time.
The COVID-19 disaster has introduced a yearslong feud between the governor and the mayor to the forefront, with Cuomo and de Blasio clashing over their respective authorities, and with each politicians usually taking opposing views on numerous points — from policing to varsities to eating — in a really public method.
Cuomo, who’s asking for 400 personnel to assist with enforcement, stated the COVID-19 positivity price is 5.5 % in areas all through the state affected by spikes. New York’s general an infection price is 1.45 %.