Cuomo: Orange Zone restrictions loosened for restaurants, can now operate under Yellow Zone rules

Updated: January 14, 2021 06:29 PM
Created: January 14, 2021 12:58 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says all restaurants operating under Orange Zone restrictions can operate under rules governing Yellow Zones.

The governor made the announcement Thursday in response to a court decision that temporarily granted some Orange Zone restaurants in Erie County to reopen for indoor dining immediately.

Cuomo says his Thursday decision was made to "ensure uniformity and fairness" while the state reviews the court's decision.

"We disagree with the court's decision and its impact on public health as Federal CDC data clearly demonstrates indoor dining increases COVID-19 spread," Cuomo said. "From the start of this pandemic, the State has acted based on facts and the advice of public health experts, and we will continue that approach." 

Restaurants in Yellow Zones are allowed to have indoor dining, but with four people at a table max.

Cuomo's announcement did not reverse the current 10 p.m. curfew on dining, which spans across the whole state, regardless of its zone.

This is a developing story. Watch News10NBC at 5 p.m. for the latest developments. 

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