New York City to close all public schools

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference to discuss the first positive case of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in New York State on March 2, 2020 in New York City. - Governor Andrew Cuomo said March 2, 2020 he expects the new coronavirus is spreading in New York, a global hub of commerce and finance, as it deals with its first confirmed case."I've been saying for many days, it's not if but when. We're New York. This is a global situation," he said on CNN.The city's first confirmed coronavirus case was detected in a health care worker, a 39-year-old woman who tested positive after returning from Iran. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

By NBC News

New York City will close public schools, and as U.S. cases of the coronavirus climb well past 3000, states and cities are ordering bars and restaurants to close in an effort to encourage social distancing and try to stem the outbreak.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement about schools on Sunday evening.

NYC must have a plan in place in the next 24 hours for childcare for essential workers and a plan to make sure kids will continue to get the meals they need.

NYC schools will close early this week.

This action is necessary to reduce density and mitigate the spread of #COVID19.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 15, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the closures will start Monday and last at least until April 20.

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