In red zones, a maximum of 10 people at allowed at a religious gathering, mass gatherings are prohibited, only essential businesses are allowed to remain open, schools are closed, and takeout dining is the only option.

Orange zones are considered surrounding areas and yellow zones are considered precautionary areas. These zones will vary in terms of their commercial activity and school closings. Orange zones will close high-risk non-essential businesses like gyms, bars, and restaurants, as well as schools, while permitting outdoor dining. Yellow zones will open businesses, allow indoor and outdoor dining, and keep schools open.  

A large part of South Brooklyn—including Borough Park—and two parts of Queens have been designated into the three cluster zones by the governor’s office.  

The new rules could go into effect as early as Wednesday and no later than Friday, though local officials will be in charge of initiating the rules. They will be

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ALBANY, N.Y. — On Sunday afternoon, faced with a new wave of infections in his virus-battered city, Mayor Bill de Blasio made a sobering decision to ask the state to roll back openings of businesses in virus hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens, pending approval from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

But on Monday, Mr. Cuomo, Mr. de Blasio’s longtime foil, refused to give it.

Mr. Cuomo said he would not yet allow the city to close the nonessential businesses, suggesting that the ZIP codes that were being used to identify hot spots were too imprecise to guide shutdowns, and that he was considering other geographic boundaries. The more pressing problem, he said, lay in schools and houses of worship, including many that cater to Orthodox Jews, rather than businesses that “are not large spreaders.”

The conflicting messages from the state’s two most prominent politicians created confusion for residents, business owners

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Mayor Bill de Blasio puts on a mask during a news conference outside the Mosaic Pre-K Center in New York. | Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will press forward with a plan to shut down nonessential businesses in coronavirus hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal so far to sign off on the closures.

The mayor acknowledged he could not act without state approval, but said he still expects to get it in the coming days.


“Until we hear otherwise, our plan is to move ahead Wednesday morning with enforcement in these nine ZIP codes of all nonessential businesses,” de Blasio said at a press briefing, shortly after Cuomo concluded his own press briefing Monday.

The mayor proposed the new shutdowns in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens where coronavirus cases have been spiking, all above a 3 percent positive test

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Movie theaters hoped to be back in business in a big way this fall, attracting stir-crazy audiences with a slate of blockbusters that included “Tenet,” “Mulan,” and “No Time to Die.” For an industry that had been brought to its knees by the coronavirus pandemic, with closures that left them without revenues for much of the year, nothing was more important than a grand and successful reopening.

Unfortunately, more than a month after “Tenet” debuted to disappointing box office results, the exhibition sector is in an even more dire situation. “Mulan” opted to debut as a premium on-demand offering via Disney Plus. “No Time to Die” pushed its premiere back into April, and several other movies have postponed their releases into next spring or summer when, studios hope, a vaccine will be widely available. On Saturday, Cineworld, one of the world’s largest exhibitors, announced that it was considering closing its

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More and more businesses have been given the green light to reopen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the state’s COVID-19 phased reopening plans — but some exceptions include the attractions industry.

Ryan D’Amico, the vice president, owner and general manager of Laser Bounce Family Fun Center in Glendale and Levittown, believes Cuomo has delayed the reopening of the attractions industry for “far too long and to the detriment” of the state.

“Family entertainment centers, water parks, amusement parks — the overall attractions industry — in New York has been forgotten,” D’Amico wrote in an op-ed. “We employ thousands of people and contribute to our communities. Our employees are ready to work. Our guests are ready to return. And we are ready to work with the state to present our plans

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(Bloomberg) — New York business leaders are pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to consider ways of ensuring that the nation’s biggest city retains its economic dominance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

a group of people walking on a city street: Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy's Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.

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Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy’s Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.

In a letter, 177 business leaders, including executives from Citigroup Inc., Squarespace Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Macy’s Inc., called on Cuomo and de Blasio to formulate a strategic plan for New York’s economic recovery.

“New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter read. “We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative which can call upon the

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It’s the third in a string of letters pulled together by the Partnership for New York City, the trade group that represents big business in the city. A previous letter publicly criticized the mayor’s leadership, charging that he had failed to keep public safety and quality of life under control in the city. After de Blasio shot back at business leaders via Twitter, telling them to use their power to push Washington for stimulus funding, executives and the Partnership penned a letter to President Donald Trump asking for state and local aid.

But Friday’s letter set its sights back on New York politicians. Cuomo and de Blasio should lead the way on urban recovery in a moment when there is no national agenda for doing so, according to the letter.

Covid-19 recovery has already brought its fair share of task forces and working committees. Both Cuomo and de Blasio appointed

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Gyms across New York state –­­ with the exception of New York City –­ were given the green light to reopen on Monday­ and one gym owner argues that the threat of a class-action lawsuit is what put on the pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“The only reason why [Cuomo] announced he was going to open gyms is because on Thursday, we were supposed to have the judge review the case and there was no way he was going to win,” Thousand Island Fitness owner Gary Bass told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney.

“So he was staring down the barrel of this class-action lawsuit, knew he couldn’t win and he knew he was going to look like a fool.”


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