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Queens Daily Eagle: Families brace for financial impact of COVID-19 school, work shutdowns


March 17, 2020

Luís Acapina walked briskly past Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Bushwick Sunday night, his son Brandon, a second-grader, pushing a scooter next to him as they entered Ridgewood.

A few hours earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio had announced that New York City public schools would close until at least April 20 as the COVID-19 outbreak spread. The drastic decision, driven by mounting pressure from teachers, unions and public health experts, left tens of thousands of families like the Acapinas in a bind as they face tough decisions about work and childcare.”

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