Restrictions put in place will observe Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s three-zone, color-coded plan, which was revealed Tuesday. Guidelines shall be reevaluated after 14 days, however it’s not clear how lengthy restrictions shall be put in place, pending coronavirus positivity charges. Heavy fines shall be applied, with $15,000 fines for violating mass-gathering guidelines and $1,000 fines for social-distancing and masks violations.
Cuomo’s plan teams neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens into crimson, yellow or orange zones, with crimson as excessive danger, orange as surrounding space and yellow as precautionary. Orange zones will shut high-risk nonessential companies, reminiscent of gyms, bars and eating places, in addition to colleges, however they may allow out of doors eating. Yellow zones will keep open for enterprise, enable indoor and out of doors eating, and maintain colleges open.
The discharge of the governor’s color-coded system had initially triggered confusion, which the mayor plans to deal with with an internet software that after revealed will enable residents to enter their deal with and obtain details about corresponding restrictions of their space. The mayor didn’t say when the software shall be made accessible to the general public.
“We’ll be doing an outreach effort, schooling effort, and the complete drive of the town authorities shall be on the market in communities,” the mayor mentioned, including there shall be 1,200 personnel on the bottom and canvassers of the take a look at and hint corps within the affected communities.
The town will contribute greater than 400 personnel to assist the state’s enforcement activity drive.
The mayor additionally emphasised the necessity for residents all around the metropolis, particularly in high-risk areas, to get examined. The town has already carried out greater than 10,000 exams within the affected zones, de Blasio mentioned. Surges in coronavirus circumstances in 9 ZIP codes drove the town coronavirus an infection fee above 3% final week.
“We now have to get the utmost quantity of individuals examined within the crimson and orange zones,” de Blasio mentioned. “The extra those that get examined, the higher.”
The Division of Transportation will alert all eating places within the crimson and orange zones of the brand new restrictions, the mayor mentioned. The Division of Small Enterprise Providers will be doing outreach, and robocalls shall be made to all households in crimson and orange zones.
When requested if the brand new measures goal Orthodox Jewish communities, whose ZIP codes have seen an increase in circumstances, the mayor mentioned the town would go the place the info takes it.
“The information, the science, the info inform us what is going on and we act on it,” he mentioned.
The mayor added that there shall be fines and arrests for assaults, broken property and the setting of fires—a transfer that follows protests Tuesday evening in some Brooklyn neighborhoods during which residents took to the streets to oppose the brand new set of coronavirus restrictions.
“It is essential that those that disagree nonetheless respect the truth that the state and metropolis have made the choice for the well being and security of all,” de Blasio mentioned. “There’s a place for peaceable protest, however the NYPD shall be not tolerate folks doing hurt to others.”