New York States New COVID Restrictions on Certain Businesses and Cluster Zones

Date: November 24, 2020

New COVID Cluster Zones Effective Nov. 25

Governor Cuomo announced new COVID cluster zones in New York City, Long Island, Rochester, and Syracuse. The new and updated COVID cluster zones go into effect Nov. 25th for businesses and Nov. 26th for schools. Part of Staten Island’s yellow zone becomes an orange zone, and parts of Monroe and Onondaga counties now have an orange zone. Manhattan and parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties now have yellow zones.

The following restrictions are in effect in orange zones:

Houses of Worship: The lesser of 33% of maximum capacity or 25 people.

Non-Essential Gatherings: 10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors.

Businesses: Certain high-risk non-essential (gyms, fitness centers, barbershops, hair salons, personal care services) businesses are closed.

Dining: Outdoor dining, takeout, or delivery only. 4 person maximum per table.

Schools:  Closed, remote-only.

The following restrictions are in effect in yellow zones:

Houses of Worship: 50% capacity

Non-Essential Gatherings: 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor

Businesses: Open

Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining, 4 person maximum per table. Bars and restaurants located in Yellow Precautionary Zones must close at midnight.

Schools: Open with mandatory weekly testing of students and teachers/staff for in-person settings.

Here are the maps for the most recent orange and yellow zones:

Great Neck Map

Hampton Bays Map

Manhattan Map

Massapequa Park Map

Monroe County Map

Onondaga County Map

Riverhead Map

Staten Island Map

Businesses can look up whether or not they are in a COVID-19 cluster/hot spot zone with this tool. For the latest on the COVID cluster zones and guidance, visit the New York Forward website.

11/18/20

As the number of COVID-19 cases rise across New York State, Governor Cuomo and New York State officials have announced additional restrictions on businesses and non-essential gatherings.

Effective Friday, Nov. 13th, all bars, restaurants, gyms, fitness centers, and any State Liquor Authority-licensed business are required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Restaurants are allowed to provide curbside, food-only pickup or delivery after 10 p.m. Alcohol to-go is not permitted after 10 p.m. Additionally, indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to no more than 10 people effective Friday, Nov. 13th at 10 p.m. The New York State Liquor Authority has released guidance on the COVID-related closing times.

Additionally, the Governor announced updated COVID cluster zones across New York State. The yellow zones in Broome County, Orange County, and Steuben County were removed, while Brooklyn’s orange zone transitioned to a yellow zone. There are new or expanded yellow zones in the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Erie County includes a yellow zone and a new orange zone, while Port Chester’s yellow zone transitioned to an orange zone. Parts of Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, and Tioga counties are designated yellow zones. The new rules and restrictions are in effect for a minimum of 14 days and can be extended based on COVID-19 positivity rates.

The following restrictions are in effect in yellow zones:

Houses of Worship: 50% capacity
Non-Essential Gatherings: 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
Businesses: Open

Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining, 4 person maximum per table. Bars and restaurants located in Yellow Precautionary Zones must close at midnight.

Schools: Open with mandatory weekly testing of students and teachers/staff for in-person settings.

The following restrictions are in effect in orange zones:

Houses of Worship: The lesser of 33% of maximum capacity or 25 people.

Non-Essential Gatherings: 10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors.

Businesses: Certain high-risk non-essential (gyms, fitness centers, barbershops, hair salons, personal care services) businesses are closed.

Dining: Outdoor dining, takeout, or delivery only. 4 person maximum per table.

Schools:  Closed, remote-only.

For a complete list of restrictions and to determine whether a business is essential, click here. Also, for a chart of restrictions in red, orange, and yellow zones, click here.

Here are the maps for the most recent orange and yellow zones:

Brooklyn Map

Bronx Map 1

Bronx Map 2

Chemung County Map
Erie County Map

Monroe County Map

Niagara County Map

Onondaga County Map

Port Chester Map

Queens Map

Rockland County Map

Staten Island Map

Tioga County Map

Businesses can look up whether or not they are in a COVID-19 cluster/hot spot zone with this tool. For the latest on the COVID cluster zones and guidance, visit the New York Forward website.

 

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