Town Well being Division stated they may shut non-essential companies and restrict gatherings within the metropolis’s coronavirus hotspots if instances proceed to rise within the areas.
The reopening rollbacks might hit 9 “cluster” websites the place virus instances have ticked up, together with a big swath of southern Brooklyn and Williamsburg — in addition to Kew Gardens and Edgemere-Far Rockaway in Queens.
The Well being Division will ramp up inspections within the areas to guarantee masks compliance and social distancing practices, the division stated in a press launch.
The measures might come as early as Tuesday. If instances proceed to rise, the town will take into account banning all gatherings of greater than 10 folks; issuing fines to these refusing to put on a masks when provided; closing personal faculties and care facilities; and shutting down non-essential companies.
“If the symptoms proceed to rise, there have to be extra enforcement actions,” the division stated. “For the primary time within the metropolis’s restoration interval, there could possibly be the quick scaling again of actions in these ZIP codes if progress will not be made by Monday night.”
In Brooklyn, the outbreak has hit predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods. One hotspot, often called the “Ocean Parkway cluster,” contains Midwood, Borough Park and Bensonhurst.
Case will increase in that cluster have additionally been accompanied by a bounce in constructive exams from Williamsburg, one other main hub of Orthodox life.
Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday warned that the town would be cracking down on the clusters to cease the unfold however didn’t hyperlink the rise to the Orthodox group.
Masks compliance has been “overwhelmingly low”
Town will probably be rolling out cell testing websites to the impacted neighborhoods as Well being Division staff canvas the areas to distribute face coverings, hand sanitizer and coronavirus literature.