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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Calls for Non-Essential Businesses & Schools to Close Amid Pandemic

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for a shutdown of non-essential businesses in nine areas across the city which are spiking in coronavirus cases amid the pandemic.

The Mayor outlined his proposal on Sunday (October 4) during a press conference, adding that it “pains me to be putting forward this approach.”

“Over these last weeks we had some moments as New Yorkers that we could celebrate after everything we’ve been through. Today, unfortunately, is not a day for celebration,” he said.

“In some parts of our city in Brooklyn and Queens, we’re having an extraordinary problem. Something we haven’t seen since the spring,” he said.

He named nine zip codes that have reported a COVID-19 positivity rate of over three percent for at least seven consecutive weeks. He also said he will need state approval before implementing the shutdown.

He hopes for it to begin on Wednesday morning (October 7), and last for between two to four weeks. It would mean all public and private schools in the nine areas would close, as would most businesses. Restaurants would be allowed to stay open for take-out or pick-up.

Over half a million residents are assumed to be affected by the closures, as well as around 100 public and 200 private schools, according to ABC 7.

He added that 11 additional neighborhoods are on a “watch list,” and will also call for a shutdown of “higher-risk activities” in those areas, like indoor dining, pools and gyms.

The President of the United States is currently battling coronavirus in the hospital.

Mayor Bill de Blasio's Daughter Chiara Arrested at Protest in NYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s daughter was arrested during the Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday night (May 30).

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was taken into custody around 10:30pm after police declared an unlawful assembly at 12th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, law enforcement sources shared with The Post.

Chiara, 25, had allegedly been blocking traffic on Broadway and was arrested after refusing to move.

“That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops. There were thousands of people in that area at that time,” the source said.

Chiara gave a residence on East End Avenue as her address – otherwise known as Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s home. She did not tell the police she was Mayor de Blasio‘s daughter.

Chiara was given a desk appearance ticket and then released.

Mayor de Blasio has not yet addressed Chiara‘s arrest.

NYC Schools to Remain Closed for Rest of the School Year

Schools in New York City will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

“It will help us to save lives,” de Blasio said. “It’s the right decision,” he said.

It has been several weeks since schools were shut down due to the ongoing health crisis and teachers have been doing lessons via remote learning and parents have been acting as home school instructors.

There are dozens of states that have announced school closures for the rest of the year, though New York City is the epicenter of the virus outbreak so this is a significant development. The NYC public school system is also the largest in the country, according to the New York Times.

It is being reported that the city likely will not reopen until September.

Movie Theaters in New York City & Los Angeles Ordered to Close Because of Coronavirus

All movie theaters in New York City and Los Angeles have been forced to closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have ordered on Sunday (March 15) that all movie theaters in their cities to close amid the global crisis.

Mayor de Blasio‘s order also includes the closure of nightclubs small theater houses, and concert venues. Restaurants, bars and cafes will be limited to food delivery and take-out only. The closures will take effect at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.

Mayor Garcetti order also includes gyms, bowling alleys, bars, nightclubs and arcades. Grocery stores, food banks and pharmacies will remain open, but he’s also ordering restaurants to close, but will allow take-out service and deliveries.

“This is not a decision I make lightly,” de Blasio said in a statement via THR. “These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality. We will come through this, but until we do, we must make whatever sacrifices necessary to help our fellow New Yorkers.”

Earlier on Sunday, it was announced that the box office faced its 21-year low in sales because of the coronavirus.