Upper Manhattan, parts of Staten Island and Long Island are set to land back in restrictive COVID-19 zones this week, government Andrew Cuomo warned Sunday.
The targeted areas have recently struggled with worryingly rising infection rates.
“We have several communities that are on the alert track,” Cuomo said during a press briefing. “Right now… unless they dramatically change the route of infection, this week, they will enter these zones.
“Parts of Staten Island are entering an orange zone. Parts of Staten Island will enter the red zone at the current rate, ” he said.
“The state of Iceland is a serious problem,”
“Staten Island is also a problem in terms of hospital congestion, and we are running into a hospital capacity problem on Staten Island that we have to deal with in the coming days.”
Meanwhile, “Upper Manhattan will go into a yellow zone,” just as Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, if their trends do not change drastically, the governor added without going into detail about which Big Apple neighborhoods would be affected.
Yellow zones, the least restrictive, means dining in the restaurant is limited to four people per person. Table and the total indoor capacity is kept at 25 percent. New York City’s restaurants are already at the 25 percent indoor limit.
The governor last week also ordered bars and restaurants with liquor licenses to close at 6 p.m. 22 every day to try to curb rising infection rates.
Under restrictions with yellow zones, indoor and outdoor gatherings would also be a maximum of 25 people – although the governor has already issued an order exceeding this limit, saying last week that groups can be no more than 10.
The sanctuary houses would remain at 50 percent capacity in yellow zones.
Schools may remain open, but there will be mandatory testing of 20 percent of school staff and students, Cuomo said.
Public schools in New York City are currently closed due to increases in coronavirus, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week.
In orange zones, indoor dining in restaurants would be suspended, while businesses considered non-essential and high-risk, such as gyms and hair salons, would shut down. Saints for worship would go down to 33 percent capacity indoors, while gatherings would be limited to 10 people.
Schools would go a long way unless they follow a mandatory test plan, Cuomo said.
Under the most restrictive designation, red, there would be a ban, even on outdoor dining at restaurants, which would only go to pickup and delivery. All non-essential businesses would also close and churches would go to a maximum of 10 personal worshipers.
Schools would go a long way unless they accept a mandatory test plan.