“We have seen very little coronavirus activity in our schools,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the virus spikes gave the impression to be confined to the ZIP codes he was concentrating on. “There does not have to be a second wave,” Mr. de Blasio mentioned. “The fact is that these communities are experiencing a problem.”
There have been mounting issues for weeks about transmission in yeshivas, which educate tens of hundreds of youngsters and play a necessary function in Orthodox Jewish life in New York City. As early as May, when the town was nonetheless beneath a lockdown, a big yeshiva in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, was shuttered for violating the ban on in-person education.
And final month, the town ordered two yeshivas to shut after coronavirus circumstances have been detected. Some individuals in the Orthodox neighborhood, which incorporates a number of Hasidic teams, have privately raised issues about social distancing and masks compliance in yeshiva buildings.
The 9 ZIP codes topic to probably the most extreme restrictions embrace parts of Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens in Queens, and Borough Park, Midwood, Gravesend, Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. The restrictions would final for 2 to 4 weeks, if not longer, relying on the success of efforts to curb the virus, the mayor mentioned.
The metropolis can be carefully watching the 11 extra ZIP codes, which Mr. de Blasio described as a “real concern.”
They embrace elements of Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Manhattan Beach, Bergen Beach, Kensington and Crown Heights in Brooklyn. The Queens neighborhoods embrace Rego Park, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest and Jamaica Estates.
City officers mentioned a federal courtroom order requires them to maintain homes of worship open in the town, even in the 9 ZIP codes. However, they’re topic to 50 p.c capability limits.