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Governor Cuomo: Unless COVID-19 data changes drastically, parts of Syracuse head to orange zone

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NEW YORK (WSYR-TV) – Currently, parts of Onondaga County are in the yellow zone of COVID-19, but Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned that parts of the county may be below the orange zone.

At a news conference in New York on Sunday, Governor Cuomo said that if COVID-19 data did not change dramatically, parts of Syracuse would likely be below the orange zone by the end of the week.

If parts of Syracuse are declared an orange zone, the houses of worship will be able to operate at only 33% capacity with a maximum of 25 people.

In the Orange Zone, high-risk non-essential companies such as gyms, barbershops, hairdressers and nail salons will also close, and restaurants will have the right to offer outdoor dinner with a maximum of four people at each table. Restaurants will still be allowed to offer home-cooked food.

If an orange zone is declared, schools will most likely have to study remotely. Schools can remain open for personal instruction in the orange zone only if they test every student and school employee.

As of Sunday, parts of Onondaga County remain in the yellow zone. The yellow zone allows any business to be open as long as it follows current guidelines, prayer houses to work at half capacity, restaurants to allow indoor dining and schools to remain open while testing at least 20% of its students and staff.

Determining whether an area is in the yellow, orange or red zone is based on the average positive COVID-1

9 percentage for the area over a seven-day period.

If an orange zone is declared, it can only affect a specific region, not Onondaga County or the city of Syracuse as a whole. Governor Cuomo’s micro-cluster strategy is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 while causing as little economic disruption as possible.

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