Reopen New York: New Rules Announced In NY COVID-19 Clusters

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NEW YORK (WABC) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a three-tier system for new rules and restrictions in high-risk New York cluster areas and surrounding areas. The Cluster Action initiative applies to all of Brooklyn as well as to cluster areas of Queens, Rockland, Orange, Nassau and Binghamton.The rules – including shutting down some non-essential businesses – can go into effect as early as Wednesday but no later than Friday and will be in effect for 14 days when the state then reassesses.

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The rules are divided into three colors: Red is the center of the cluster. Orange is the surrounding area – a ring around the center. Yellow is a ring around the orange ring – the precautionary area.

Clusters are based on the actual number of cases and not by postal code or census tract.

Rules in the red zone:

-Worship houses – 25% capacity, 10 people maximum
-Mass gatherings prohibited
-Non-essential businesses closed
-Take-out dinner only
-Schools closed

Rules in the orange zone:

– Houses of worship – 33% capacity, 25 people maximum
-Mass gatherings – 10 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
– Businesses – Closure of high risk non-essential businesses such as gyms and personal care
-Dinner in the open air only with 4 people maximum per table
– Schools: distance learning only

Rules in the yellow zone

-Houses of worship -50% capacity
-Mass gatherings – 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
-Open businesses
-Dinner inside and outside
-Schools – Compulsory weekly student / teacher / staff test for in-person lessons. Testing will begin next week.

The teachers’ union issued a statement approving the new rules put in place by Governor Cuomo:

“Testing is one of the keys to stopping the spread of the virus, and the governor’s plan for additional testing for schools will help us keep our students, educators and school communities safe,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers.

Governor Cuomo also announced that fines for violations of mass gatherings had increased to $ 15,000.

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