Most of the area’s have large concentrations of Orthodox Jews…
Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo have been frustrated by the groups actions that have not accommodated the states mask and social distancing efforts….
The rest of the cities zip codes areas have much lower infection rates…
The mayor must get the governors approval to make the move which could have political repercussions….
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that he intended to “rewind” the reopening in nine neighborhoods in New York City that have had a testing positivity rate of more than 3 percent over the last seven days.
That means the closure of nonessential businesses, public and private schools and day care centers in those neighborhoods, which are in Brooklyn and Queens. Many of them have large populations of Orthodox Jews, and the virus has been spreading rapidly in those communities in recent weeks.
The mayor said he would also put lesser restrictions on 11 other neighborhoods where the rates are rising.
In total, the mayor’s plan would affect only 20 of the 146 ZIP codes in the city. Still, the move reflects the growing fear of a second wave of the virus, and marks the first major reversal in the city’s reopening since it was hit hard by the outbreak in March….
Mr. Cuomo offered no immediate comment on whether he would approve Mr. de Blasio’s plan. The two have often feuded, and have been at odds over how to handle the outbreak.
But as Mr. de Blasio was making his announcement, Mr. Cuomo did issue a statement that criticized local officials across the state for their failure to curb the virus in hot spots.
“Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hot spot ZIP codes,” Mr. Cuomo said.
In his statement, he made no mention of whether a similar lockdown would be adopted in portions of Rockland and Orange Counties, north of the city. Both have large populations of Orthodox Jews, and have seen sharply increasing infection rates in recent days….