COVID-19: NY Orange Zone eating places might resume indoor eating

New York is easing restrictions on restaurants located in designated COVID-19 orange zones following a court ruling.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said restaurants in “orange zones” are allowed to reopen with restrictions on the “yellow zone”. Previously, eating indoors in restaurants in the “orange zones” was prohibited.

The decision came after a judge ruled that restaurants in “orange zones” could reopen earlier this week in New York state.

In “yellow zones” restaurants can be opened for indoor and outdoor meals, although capacity is limited and only parties for four people are allowed at each table. Bars and restaurants must close by 10 p.m. at the latest

According to the state, an area is eligible for an “orange zone” if it has had a positive rate of 4 percent (seven days average) in the last 10 days and is in a region that has reached 85 percent hospital capacity.

Alternatively, an area can become an “orange zone” if the Ministry of Health determines that the hospitalization rate in the area is “unacceptably high and a zone designation is appropriate to control the growth rate”.

There are currently “orange zones” in Chemung, Erie, Westchester, Monroe, Niagra, Onondaga and Staten Island counties.

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