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De Blasio presses for business shutdowns after Cuomo balks


New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio puts on a mask during a news conference outside the Mosaic Pre-K Center in New York. | Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will press forward with a plan to shut down nonessential businesses in coronavirus hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal so far to sign off on the closures.

The mayor acknowledged he could not act without state approval, but said he still expects to get it in the coming days.

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“Until we hear otherwise, our plan is to move ahead Wednesday morning with enforcement in these nine ZIP codes of all nonessential businesses,” de Blasio said at a press briefing, shortly after Cuomo concluded his own press briefing Monday.

The mayor proposed the new shutdowns in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens where coronavirus cases have been spiking, all above a 3 percent positive test

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Austin Mayor Balks At Abbott’s Latest Coronavirus Reopening Plan

AUSTIN, TX — The mayor of Austin this week reacted to the Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to increase business occupancy levels statewide to spur business activity amid the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting the reopening move could be coming too soon as local illness rates increase among younger people.

On Thursday, Abbott issued an executive order allowing for expanded occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums and libraries while re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of the state of Texas. The governor also announced new guidance related to visitations at nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state. Bars were ordered to remain closed for the time being.

The governor’s move is designed to help jump-start business activity in a landscape largely stilled by the respiratory illness. In a subsequent statement, Austin Mayor Steve Adler voiced concern the gubernatorial action could

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