New Cluster Zones Announced in Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga Counties

Date: November 10, 2020

On Nov. 9, Governor Cuomo announced new cluster zones in parts of Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga Counties. These cluster zones are part of the cluster action initiative to address COVID-19 hot spots in certain areas of the state. In each cluster action initiative/hot spot, the state imposes additional restrictions on non-essential businesses, dining, schools, religious institutions, and non-essential gatherings. Effective Nov. 11th, parts of Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga Counties are designated “yellow zones.” The new rules and restrictions are in effect for a minimum of 14 days and can be extended based on COVID-19 positivity rates.

The following restrictions are in effect in yellow zones: 

■ Houses of Worship: 50% capacity
■ Non-Essential Gatherings: 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
■ Businesses: Open
■ Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining, 4 person maximum per table. Bars and restaurants located in Yellow Precautionary Zones must close at midnight.
■ Schools: Open with mandatory weekly testing of students and teachers/staff for in-person settings.

For a complete list of restrictions and to determine whether a business is essential, click here. Also, for a chart of restrictions in red, orange, and yellow zones, click here.

The following areas of Erie, Monroe, and Onondaga Counties are designated as yellow zones:

Erie County Map

Monroe County Map

Onondaga County Map 

Businesses can look up whether or not they are in a COVID-19 cluster/hot spot zone with this tool.

New York State originally announced the cluster action initiative in October when COVID-19 infections were rising in parts of New York City and Broome, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. Some of those areas were designated as “red zones,” requiring the closing of non-essential businesses. Many of the zones have been down-graded to orange or yellow zones, which have less severe restrictions. Currently, only one “red zone” remains in place in Brooklyn; however, the area will be transitioned to an orange zone in the coming days.

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