Latest On Southern Brooklyn’s COVID Cluster – Return To Lockdown

In an attempt to reign in the spread of COVID19, and in response to the city’s request to restrict gatherings, Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced the following:

So Southern Brooklyn is back on lockdown.

Here are the rules for each area:

Red areas: All mass gatherings in the red areas have been banned, only essential businesses open and restaurants can offer takeout only. Worship is restricted to 25% capacity for a maximum of 10 people at a time. Schools closed.

Orange areas: Gatherings of 10 people or less permitted, outdoor dining with max 4 people at a table, and 33% capacity for worship (25 people). No gyms, nail salons or other high risk nonessential businesses. Schools closed.

Yellow: Gatherings of 25 people or less permitted, worship at 50% capacity, all business open, indorr/outdoor dining restricted to 4 people per table. Schools open, mandatory weekly testing of staff and students in attendance, with guidelines to be developed by DOE by Friday.

Update from DOE- if your school was ordered closed on Tuesday it will remain so:

Teacher’s Union embraced the announcement of additional testing. “Testing is one of the keys to halting the spread of the virus, and the Governor’s plan for additional testing for schools will help us keep our students, educators and school communities safe,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers.

The City’s Department of Health released today’s numbers this afternoon, adding South Williamsburg (ZIP 11206) to the watchlist. There are approximately 85,496 people residing in that ZIP code (we looked in depth at why this matters earlier today).  

If you live, work, have kids, or worship in these areas – we’d love to hear from you. Email or leave your feelings/concerns in the comments.

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  1. My son goes to school in one of the hot spots and it closed. We chose virtual learning because I had a feeling this would happen and I wanted him to be settled in with his schedule, which ended up being a good choice. Not to mention he has to wake up 5 minutes before school starts rather than getting on train for an hour. We are also very lucky that I work from home and as a single mom, with my older child at college, he doesn’t have all that much distraction here, aside from video games of course…

    I wish there was a way for the school to create bubbles for kids that live close to work together. The logistics would be nuts, but it’s would be nice to have a few kids that can study together.

    Keep the updates coming. They are great!

  2. Jewish holidays and numbers are up. You would not believe how many people not wearing masks and when you say something they just ignore it. Need to close houses of worship and not wait til holiday over. If it was Christmas see how fast officials wouldnt have a problem closing churches.
    Stop choosing and treat everybody fairly

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