Upper Manhattan, parts of Staten Island and Long Island will return to COVID-19 restricted areas this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo warned on Sunday.
Recently, target areas have been struggling with an alarming rise in infection rates.
“We have several communities that are on the alert,” Cuomo told a news briefing. “Right now … unless they drastically change the trajectory of the infection rate, they will enter these areas this week.
“Parts of Staten Island will go to the orange zone. Parts of Staten Island will enter the red zone at current speeds, “he said.
“Staten Island is a serious problem,”
“Staten Island is also a problem with hospital congestion, and we have a problem with the capacity of Staten Island Hospital that we have to deal with in the coming days.”
Meanwhile, “Upper Manhattan will go into the yellow zone,” as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island if their trends do not change dramatically, the governor added, without going into details on which Big Apple neighborhoods will be affected.
The yellow areas, the least restrictive, average personal dining room in the restaurant are limited to four people per table and the total indoor capacity is maintained at 25 percent. Restaurants in New York are now at 25 percent indoors.
Last week, the governor also ordered bars and restaurants with liquor permits to close daily at 10pm to try to curb rising levels of infection.
According to the restrictions on the yellow zones, indoor and outdoor meetings would also reach 25 people – although the governor has already issued an order to abolish this border, saying last week that the groups could not be more than 10.
Worship homes will remain with 50 percent capacity in the yellow zones.
Schools may remain open, but there will be mandatory testing of 20% of teachers and students, Cuomo said.
Public schools in New York are currently closed due to an increase in the coronavirus, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.
In the orange zones, indoor dining in restaurants will be stopped, while businesses considered insignificant and risky, such as gyms and hairdressing salons, will stop. Worship homes would reduce indoor capacity to 33 percent, while gatherings would be limited to 10 people.
Schools will move away unless they follow a mandatory testing plan, Cuomo said.
According to the most restrictive name, red, there will be a ban even on eating outdoors in restaurants that will only go for export and delivery. All insignificant companies would also close and churches would go to a maximum of 10 personal worshipers.
Schools will move away unless they agree to a mandatory testing plan.