Updated: November 23, 2020 05:00 AM
Created: November 22, 2020 01:27 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Parts of the city of Rochester could go into an Orange Zone as soon as this week if the COVID-19 situation doesn't improve, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
In a press conference on Sunday, Cuomo said unless parts of the City of Rochester and Syracuse can change the trajectory of the infection rate, they will be going into an Orange Zone the week of Nov. 23.
An Orange Zone is made up of two tiers. The City of Rochester is considered "tier 1" due to being an area that is located within a county of 900,000 or more people or located within a city of 90,000 or more people. In tier 1, an Orange Zone is categorized as an area that has a 7-day rolling average positivity above 3% for 10 days.
In an Orange Zone, schools will be required to close and move to remote learning. Businesses like gyms and personal care services must close. Indoor dining at restaurants, bars, and cafes will be prohibited. However, they will be able to provide outdoor dining (four-person maximum per table), takeout, or delivery services.
Houses of worship will be allowed to stay open but will be reduced to 33% capacity or 25 people maximum.
Indoor and outdoor gatherings will also be restricted to 10 people max.
Watch the full press conference in the video player below.
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