NEW YORK, NY — For the first time in New York City’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis, certain neighborhoods could be headed back into lockdown, health officials said.
The NYC Health Department warned late Thursday that Brooklyn and Queens ZIP codes facing coronavirus upticks will face new shutdown-era rules next week should their spikes in cases continue to rise.
The shutdown would include closing all non-essential businesses, prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, issuing fines to those not wearing masks and closing private schools and childcare centers found flouting Department of Education rules.
“These clusters continue to see considerable growth in COVID-19,” the health department said. “If the indicators continue to rise, there must be additional enforcement actions.”
The shutdown threat comes just a few days after city officials warned about “clusters” of COVID-19 cases centered on Ocean Parkway, Edgemere and Far Rockaway, Williamsburg and Kew Gardens.