Several neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens will be under new restrictions starting today after those areas saw upticks in their positive coronavirus test rates.
There are three levels of restrictions, based on how extensive the state says infections are.
Here's a breakdown of how the plan works.
What neighborhoods are impacted?
The governor's office has not outlined specific neighborhoods by name that are impacted, but did put out maps Wednesday of where the hot spots are in three distinct city locations: Brooklyn, central and eastern Queens, and the Rockaways.
The city on Wednesday introduced a new tool that allows city residents to enter their address and find out if they are located in a hot spot.
Areas in red are classified by the state as "clusters." Areas in orange are classified as "warning zones." Areas in yellow are classified as "precautionary zones."
(All maps are courtesy of the governor's office.)
Three counties in upstate New York are also impacted: Broome, Rockland and Orange.
What are the differences in restrictions between a red, orange or yellow zone?
Here are how the restrictions are different, based on what type of zone you are in:
- Red zone: Takeout and delivery only.
- Orange zone: No indoor dining, but outdoor dining still permitted, with parties limited to a maximum of four people.
- Yellow zone: Indoor and outdoor dining still permitted, with parties limited to a maximum of four people.
- Red zone: Schools closed for in-person instruction (except, per the state, "if otherwise provided in Executive Order").
- Orange zone: Schools closed for in-person instruction (except, per the state, "if otherwise provided in Executive Order").
- Yellow zone: Schools can remain open for in-person instruction. Per the state: "Schools shall adhere to applicable guidance issued by the Department of Health regarding mandatory testing of students and school personnel."
- Red zone: All businesses deemed "nonessential" must reduce in-person workforce by 100%. (The state has a list of businesses deemed "essential" on its website; any business not considered "essential" is classified as "nonessential.")
- Orange zone: Gyms, fitness centers or classes, hair salons and barbershops, and other "personal care services" (such as nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors) must reduce in-person workforce by 100%.
- Yellow zone: All businesses may remain open but must follow COVID-19 requirements for their sector.
- Red zone: No nonessential gatherings of any kind.
- Orange zone: Nonessential gatherings limited to a maximum of 10 people.
- Yellow zone: Nonessential gatherings limited to a maximum of 25 people,
Houses of worship
- Red zone: Limit of 25% capacity or 10 people, whichever is fewer
- Orange zone: Limit of 33% capacity or 25 people, whichever is fewer
- Yellow zone: Limit of 50% capacity