New York City is closing the nation’s largest public school system, sending over 1.1 million children home in hopes of curbing the spread of coronavirusBy LARRY NEUMEISTER and MARINA VILLENEUVE Associated PressMarch 16, 2020, 3:17 AM4 min readNEW YORK — New York City will close the nation’s largest public school system Monday, sending over 1.1 million children home in hopes of curbing the spread of coronavirus, the city’s mayor announced Sunday. A somber Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the decision to close schools through at least April 20 — and possibly for the school year — as similar closures occurred in communities and entire states nationwide and pressure mounted from New York residents, City Council members and others. “I have no words for how horrible it is, but it has become necessary,” de Blasio said. “As of now, school is canceled for tomorrow.” Hours later, he also took aim at the city’s nightlife, saying he would sign an order Monday limiting the city’s 27,000 restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery only. The order, which would take effect Tuesday at 9 a.m., would also shut down all nightclubs, movie theaters and concert venues. The Democrat took the pair of actions


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