New York’s Mayor Prods State to Approve Business Closures in Covid-19 Hot Spots

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday continued to push the state to approve a plan to shutter nonessential businesses in neighborhoods seeing surges in Covid-19 cases, an added measure to help the city avert a second wave.

The plan would close business in nine ZIP Codes in southern Brooklyn and Queens. The decision on closures is ultimately up to the state, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that ZIP Codes are a flawed way to draw boundaries on closures. Mr. de Blasio said at a press conference that the city will work with whatever model the state chooses.

“The facts on the ground make clear that we need restrictions,” said Mr. de Blasio. “We need something stronger and we need it quickly.”

City officials asked the state on Sunday to close schools and nonessential businesses by Wednesday. Mr. Cuomo on Monday agreed only to the

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