By Daniel E. Slotnik
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After a deadly spring as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, New York City finally seemed to be on the mend: Students could return to school, diners could eat in restaurants and life as we knew it before the pandemic felt nearly in reach.
But on Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that high coronavirus infection rates in parts of Brooklyn and Queens had led him to propose “rewinding” the reopening in those sections of the city.
If the plan is approved by the governor, schools and nonessential businesses in those hot spots will close for a minimum of two weeks while the city waits for the infection rates to decline.
[In reversal, New York City will close schools and businesses in hard-hit areas.]
Whether the uptick in infections is an anomaly or the start of a second wave of remains to be seen. Here’s what you need to know:
What will close
Essentially, the affected ZIP codes will go back to life under lockdown.
Starting this Wednesday, public and private schools will close, as will nonessential businesses and restaurants — for both indoor or outdoor dining.
Places of worship will remain open, though only at 50 percent capacity, because of a federal court order, city officials said.
Everything will stay closed for two to four weeks, and longer if necessary. The plan is a setback for the city, the first major reversal since reopening began.
“Today, unfortunately, is not a day for celebration,” Mr. de Blasio said. “Today is a more difficult day.”
Where infection rates have spiked
Mr. de Blasio specified nine ZIP codes that would see the most severe restrictions, including portions of Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens in Queens, and Borough Park, Midwood, Gravesend, Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn.
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