The hot spots bring the average rate of the virus in NY to over 1.2%.
Cuomo says clusters are being declared in parts of Orange and Rockland Counties as well as Brooklyn and Queens.
Further, Cuomo said, "We're all citizens". "That's the highest density of cases, that's where you have to make the most dramatic action".
"Picture that map as a map of dry grass and picture those hot spots as embers within the field of dried grass", the Democratic governor said, pointing to a map of the state with "hotspot" areas marked. In 20 zip codes with coronavirus clusters the state is tracking, the rate was 5.1%. "It is unconscionable to think that after the many sacrifices our staff, students, and parents have made, and in spite of our nearly non-existent infection rate, the governor has chose to force our four schools to close". "We need to act decisively to contain the virus, while schools and businesses that may overlap by zip code but are not revealed to be in hotspot areas must remain open", said Gounardes.
Cuomo has agreed to shut schools and businesses in some areas of the boroughs albeit using a different methodology for tracing the borders - and taken the additional step of limiting capacity in houses of worship after speaking Tuesday with Jewish leaders statewide.
About 100 public schools and 200 private schools would have to close.
Nonessential businesses in red areas - which have the highest density of cases - will close as early as tomorrow. The city's density could make it hard to separate areas for restriction, though it also often means people don't have to go far from their homes for necessities. "And one of the prime places of mass gatherings are houses of worship". We all want schools to reopen IF they can reopen safely. Restrictions on mass gatherings and religious events are also tighter. Cuomo said it would be better to isolate cases by individual address and that the state would come up with its own geographic boundaries.
The actual lines where each zone will start will be drawn by the state, in consultation with local governments, and placed in effect by Friday, Cuomo said.
NY is one of only 18 states where cases have not risen over the past two weeks, according to a Reuters analysis.
De Blasio said he understood the frustration of large Hasidic families trying to find ways to entertain their children, but said that the health risks were too great to allow crowding in the parks. "I asked for them to work with me to follow these guidelines and that was positively received".
De Blasio over the weekend issued a proposal to close schools and non-essential businesses in the affected communities.
ANDREW CUOMO: I just got off the telephone with Mayor de Blasio. "What did you think was going to happen?"