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NEW YORK (WSYR-TV) – Parts of Onondaga County are currently in a COVID-19 yellow zone, but Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that parts of the county could be below an orange zone.
At a news conference in New York City on Sunday, Governor Cuomo said unless the COVID-19 data changes drastically, parts of Syracuse are likely to be below an orange zone before the end of the week.
If parts of Syracuse are declared an orange zone, houses of worship will only be allowed to operate at 33% capacity with a maximum of 25 people.
In an Orange Zone, non-essential businesses such as gyms, barbershops, hair salons and nail salons would also close, and restaurants would only be able to offer outdoor dining with a maximum of four people at each table. Restaurants are still allowed to offer take-away.
If an orange zone is declared, schools will likely have to learn externally. Schools could only stay open for personal learning in an Orange Zone if they test every student and staff member at the school.
As of Sunday, parts of Onondaga County remain in a yellow zone. The yellow zone allows any business to be open as long as they follow the guidelines in place, houses of worship can operate at half capacity, restaurants can allow indoor dining and schools can remain open as long as they test at least 20% of their students and staff.
A determination of whether an area is in a yellow, orange, or red zone is based on the area̵
Declaring an orange zone can only affect a specific region and 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 minimizing economic disruption.
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