New York City to close schools; bars, restaurants around U.S. ordered closed over coronavirus


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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  4 months ago  •  27 comments

By:    Ben Kesslen

New York City to close schools; bars, restaurants around U.S. ordered closed over coronavirus
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered schools closed in New York City as Ohio and Illinois ordered all bars and restaurants in the states to shut down service.

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New York City announced Sunday that it will close public schools Monday and states and cities are ordering bars and restaurants to close to encourage social distancing to try to stem the outbreak of the coronavirus as U.S. cases   climbed well past 3,000 .

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday evening that Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk and New York City schools will close this week. Cuomo also said in a statement that New York City must put a plan in place to make sure that children who rely on school meals will still get fed and that parents, especially health care workers and first responders, will be provided child care.

In a news conference Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said schools will close Monday and remain closed at least until April 20. The mayor said there is a chance schools could remain closed for the rest of the school year.

The announcement came after widespread calls to close the schools and protests from   "furious" teachers who thought it was irresponsible to keep schools open .

"It is time to take more dramatic measures," the mayor said, adding that he knows "the full cost of shutting our schools."

The decision came on a day when states and cities across the country took more dramatic measures to contain the coronavirus.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Sunday that he has ordered all bars and restaurants in the state to shut down service beginning at 9 p.m.

"How long will this order be in effect? We don't, frankly, know," DeWine told reporters Sunday. "It will be in effect for as long as it needs to."

DeWine said carryout and delivery services were not included in the order, and he said his administration is working to help small businesses that will inevitably suffer.

Ohio's decision came as other states are putting similar protocols in place. On Sunday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered bars and restaurants in the state to close from Monday to March 30.   On CNN on Sunday,   Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he plans to enact a similar policy.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh ordered bars, restaurants and clubs to cut their capacities in half by removing tables and chairs to encourage social distancing, said beer gardens cannot open until the crisis passes, and said lines should not form outside,   according to NBC Boston.   He also loosened rules applying to takeout.

"We are basically allowing every single establishment that serves food in the city of Boston to serve takeout," Walsh said.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser also   announced a series of protocols   that restaurants and bars must follow, including limiting service to tables of six peoples or fewer, ensuring that patrons are seated at least 6 feet apart at tables and booths and ordering nightclubs and multipurpose facilities to suspend operations.

New York City is not closing bars and restaurants, but it is cracking down on establishments that violate its earlier rule of keeping occupancy at half of capacity. Authorities will enforce penalties on the half-capacity rule, de Blasio said.

The efforts by states and cities are meant to force more people to participate in social distancing, one of the best ways to slow the spread of a virus and minimize its effects on the most   vulnerable populations .

"The best tool we have right now in this response is to give individuals breathing room from one another," Jason Schwartz, an assistant professor of health policy at the Yale School of Public Health,   previously told NBC News . "This is really critical."


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Perrie Halpern R.A.
1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.    4 months ago

Breaking news: CDC recommends no gatherings of 50+ people for the next 8 weeks

For fun watch "Contagion" on Apple. 

1.1  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1    4 months ago

Like me..... I'm sort of stuck in a Connecticut hotel for two weeks if the plant decides to throttle back production and send non-production related personnel to work from home.  I may be driving back to the Chicago area if that happens.

I've spent more time on Newstalkers the last two days then I have over the last three months.  I've read my Kindle, binge watched the Matrix series on the tube, and Westworld on Netflix.  

Worse yet...… This Kansas boy from Lawrence was all stoked up to watch March Madness wire to wire.  (We moved back from Germany for this.....?)

Sparty On
1.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1.1    4 months ago
This Kansas boy from Lawrence was all stoked up to watch March Madness wire to wire.

No worries.  

Your Jayhawks didn't have a chance against my Spartans anyway.   jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

Sparty on!

1.1.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sparty On @1.1.1    4 months ago

It just sucks without March Madness.....

Rock-Chalk- Jayhawk baby!

1.1.3  MUVA  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1.1.2    4 months ago

What is even worse is the EPL and champions league have both been shut down.

1.1.4  Snuffy  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1.1    4 months ago

Here's a new bracket form for ya...   this might help?                jrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif


Sparty On
1.1.5  Sparty On  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.4    4 months ago

Oh man .... BBQ wins that bracket hands down.

No doubt about it.

Buzz of the Orient
3  Buzz of the Orient    4 months ago

The schools here have been closed for the past two months with no end in sight.  Lessons are being taught online.

lady in black
5  lady in black    4 months ago

There are now 7 confirmed cases here in Erie County. 

A woman in her 30s who recently traveled out of state.

A man in his 30s who recently traveled to Westchester County.

A woman in her 20s who recently traveled to Italy.

A male in his 30s, with recent travel from New York City

A female in her 30s, with recent travel out of state

A female in her 20s, with recent travel from New York City

A male in his 40s, with recent travel out of state

All Schools are shut down until April 20th.

My nephew who is in the Peace Corp in Ecuador informed us the the Peace Corp. is shutting down and sending everyone home.

5.1  Kavika   replied to  lady in black @5    4 months ago

In the latest update two emergency room doctors have contacted coronavirus and both are in critical condition. One is in his 40's the other in his 70's. One is Washington state and the other in NJ.

5.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @5.1    4 months ago

MN went from 14 confirmed cases on Friday to 35 by Sunday afternoon.

Trout Giggles
5.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  evilgenius @5.1.1    4 months ago

Arkansas went from 6 on Friday to 16 this morning. We're pretty rural so we may not get a lot of cases

6  Kathleen    4 months ago

It would be nice to get a reimbursement on college tuition if this keeps up. Kind of hard to do lab courses and art education courses with all this. Some things they can do on line and others they can’t. I suspect more will be closing and longer. Still, our community center, yacht club and golf course are staying open. They said they are doing a deep cleaning.

We shall see..

Just Jim NC TttH
7  Just Jim NC TttH    4 months ago

So now there will be a run on liquor stores......................

7.1  badfish  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @7    4 months ago

Time to repeal the laws which prevent us from distilling alcohol. 

Sparty On
7.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  badfish @7.1    4 months ago

There's a law against that?

Better hide my my kick-a-poo joy juice maker then ....

Sparty On
7.2  Sparty On  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @7    4 months ago

I think this virus deal is all a set up by a little known retail business cabal ........ the Hand Sanitizer/Toilet Paper/Liquor/Potato cabal ....... those bastards!

7.2.1  MrFrost  replied to  Sparty On @7.2    4 months ago
Toilet Paper

No one wants to die with a dirty ass. 

Sparty On
7.2.3  Sparty On  replied to  MrFrost @7.2.1    4 months ago

Tell that to people who sized the "John Wayne" TP in our field rations.

That shit was pretty much useless for anything but the big chunks ...... pun intended ......

7.2.4  MUVA  replied to  Sparty On @7.2.3    4 months ago

Rough tuff and doesn’t take shit off no one.

7.2.5  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sparty On @7.2.3    4 months ago

In survival school they recommended the "Big shiny leaves.", that or something with fur that you ate two days before.  

Someone asked about going down in the desert...… The instructor came back with..... "Where do you think the term....."Go pound sand!" came from?"

Sparty On
7.2.6  Sparty On  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @7.2.5    4 months ago

Lol, yeah .... bright shiny leaves.   Like wiping your ass with wax paper ...... done it and its not pretty trust me .....


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