NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York State has moved to color coding areas of concern amid upticks in COVID-19 cases.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state would no longer be using ZIP codes to identify areas where there is a large number of coronavirus cases. Instead, experts have mapped out where the clusters are forming, and color-coded them based on the severity of cases.
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In red zones, all schools and non-essential businesses must close. Restaurants can operate on a take-out only basis and mass gatherings are also prohibited. Religious gatherings may still occur, but with 25% capacity, or a maximum of 10 people.
In orange zones, all public, private and charter schools will also be closed, as well as high-risk non-essential businesses (such as gyms and personal service salons). Mass gatherings must be limited to 10 people maximum, in both indoor and outdoor settings; but religious gatherings can operate at 33% capacity, or a maximum of 25 people.
In yellow zones, schools may remain open, but students, teachers and staff members must have weekly coronavirus testing done. Businesses may remain open and indoor and outdoor dining may continue, with a maximum of 4 people per table. Mass gatherings cannot exceed 25 people and house of worship can operate at 50% capacity.
The city is promoting an online portal where New Yorkers can type in their address to see if they live in any of these new restricted areas.
Here are the maps:
Queens (Cluster 1)
Queens (Cluster 2)