Cuomo orders shutdowns in NYC’s COVID-19 hot spots

Massive swaths of Brooklyn and Queens will again have non-essential businesses and schools shuttered by week’s end as the coronavirus surges, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

After balking at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s use of zip codes to determine problem areas, the governor in an Albany press briefing unveiled a color-coded system based on coronavirus diagnosis data, with varying levels of restrictions.

Red “intense clusters” will see all non-essential businesses and schools closed, restaurants reduced to takeout only, mass gatherings prohibited and houses of worship limited to a maximum of 25 percent capacity or 10 people.

Cuomo didn’t immediately lay out exact boundaries, but shared a map that included a significant portion of south Brooklyn, where the virus has been mounting a comeback.

There are also two such zones in Queens, though they appeared to be smaller based on the maps Cuomo displayed.

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