In red zones, a maximum of 10 people at allowed at a religious gathering, mass gatherings are prohibited, only essential businesses are allowed to remain open, schools are closed, and takeout dining is the only option.
Orange zones are considered surrounding areas and yellow zones are considered precautionary areas. These zones will vary in terms of their commercial activity and school closings. Orange zones will close high-risk non-essential businesses like gyms, bars, and restaurants, as well as schools, while permitting outdoor dining. Yellow zones will open businesses, allow indoor and outdoor dining, and keep schools open.
A large part of South Brooklyn—including Borough Park—and two parts of Queens have been designated into the three cluster zones by the governor’s office.
The new rules could go into effect as early as Wednesday and no later than Friday, though local officials will be in charge of initiating the rules. They will be in place for at least two weeks.
Cuomo created a state enforcement task force to identify the clusters through testing and to ensure enforcement measures are taking place. He said the city must supply 400 personnel to help the state with enforcement.
“A lack of enforcement led to this problem,” Cuomo said, adding there will be testing for schools in the yellow zone by next Friday.
Cuomo blamed concerts in the Hamptons, bars and crowds, and religious gatherings for increasing the spread and took aim at perceived coronavirus fatigue on the part of New Yorkers.
“The virus isn’t tired,” he said. “It’s no time to be fatigued. We don’t have the luxury to be fatigued.”