New York City officials are threatening to impose a sweeping lockdown starting Tuesday on neighborhoods with soaring COVID-19 infection rates.
City Hall higher-ups were huddling Monday to review which potential restrictions could be imposed on areas that now have rates up to four times the statewide and Big Apple averages, sources told The Post.
The clampdown — which would represent the first time the city rolled back its reopening efforts — could include shutting down all non-essential businesses in the areas again, banning gatherings of more than 10 people, closing private schools and day-care centers if they don’t meet city Department of Education safety standards and issuing fines for refusing to wear masks, the city said.
“City Hall is deeply, deeply concerned,” the de Blasio administration wrote in an e-mailed statement.
“The most recent numbers have not shown an improvement. We’ve engaged in aggressive outreach, education and enforcement, in addition to encouraging and providing testing.
“As outlined by the Department of Health previously: If the indicators continue to rise, there must be additional enforcement actions. For the first time in the city’s recovery period, there could be the immediate scaling back of activities in these ZIP codes if progress is not made by Monday evening.”
The city didn’t say which neighborhoods could be targeted for a new lockdown, but its current list of the worst hot spots — with some of the highest infection rates in the state — in Brooklyn and Queens includes:
Starting with the highest infection rates based on zip code: Gravesend/Homecrest, Midwood, Borough Park, Bensonhurst/Mapleton, Flatlands/Midwood, Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay, Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok, Rego Park, Kensington/Windsor Terrace and Brighton Beach/Manhattan Beach/Sheepshead Bay.
Williamsburg also was showing a worrisome spike, although at a smaller rate, city officials said.
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