Following confusion across the zoned closured in components of Brooklyn and Queens because of a spike in COVID-cases earlier this week, the mayor’s workplace launched an interactive map final evening that permits companies and residents to lookup what zone they’re in.
Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a zoned shutdown plan for the affected components of Brooklyn and Queens, sidestepping Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s plan to implement shutdowns based mostly on ZIP codes. The shutdown is in impact beginning immediately and can stay in place for a minimum of two weeks, and probably longer if the rise in COVID-19 instances just isn’t introduced beneath management.
The state’s shutdown plan consists of three zones: crimson, orange, and yellow. The crimson zone at the moment consists of components of Borough Park, Midwood, Bensonhurst, Kensington, Sheepshead Bay, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, and Far Rockaway. Eating places within the metropolis’s crimson zones are restricted to take-out solely.
The orange zone consists of components of Sundown Park and Brighton Seaside, amongst different areas, the place eating places can be restricted to out of doors eating with solely 4 folks allowed per desk. Elsewhere within the metropolis, 10 persons are allowed at a desk as a part of town’s out of doors eating program. Lastly, within the yellow zone, indoor eating can proceed together with out of doors eating, however as soon as once more there’s a restrict of 4 folks per desk in and out.
Cuomo and De Blasio have repeatedly pressured that the non permanent shutdown measures are supposed to forestall a full-blown unfold of the virus, as was seen in March and April when New York Metropolis was the epicenter of the COVID-19 disaster in america. But the transfer comes as a setback for eating places which have been struggling to remain afloat due the monetary downturn attributable to the pandemic.
“To close down nearly all of south Brooklyn and punish small companies which have reopened safely can be an awesome setback to the borough’s financial restoration,” Randy Friends, the president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, mentioned in a press release.
The newest surge in COVID-19 instances was announced simply days earlier than town’s return to indoor eating on September 30. Indoor eating had previously been delayed from its authentic begin in July — in every single place else however NYC has had it since June — and the spike nervous restaurant homeowners that one other shutdown may very well be coming.
On the onset of indoor eating, the mayor’s workplace mentioned it might rethink indoor eating citywide if COVID-19 instances improve considerably. As town’s optimistic exams rose, nevertheless, the mayor proposed a extra centered, zip code-based closure, a measure that was backed by the state, albeit with a unique strategy.