Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday proposed temporarily closing all schools and nonessential businesses in nine ZIP codes with high test positivity rates in Brooklyn and Queens beginning Wednesday, pending state approval.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved part of that plan, agreeing to close schools in those nine hotspot areas and moving their closures up to Tuesday. He declined, though, to close nonessential businesses and religious institutions.
"My number one concern has always been schools," Cuomo said Monday.
The decision to roll back reopenings in those areas highlights the challenge facing cities, states, universities and businesses as they try to balance the need to reopen the economy with ensuring public health and safety during the pandemic.
By any measure, the US has failed this challenge: temporary layoffs have become permanent, the President was in the hospital after a White House outbreak and more than 40,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Covid-19 every day.