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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
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
-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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