LEGALcurrents®

The Governor held a press conference today and announced new Micro-Cluster zones as well as changes to existing designations. Significantly, portions of Erie County are being moved from a yellow zone to an orange zone. Portions of Niagara County are being designated as a yellow zone.

A yellow zone designation means mass gatherings will be limited to 25 people maximum whether indoor or outdoor; 50% capacity for houses of worship; all businesses will remain open; dining will be allowed indoor or outdoor, with a 4-person per table limit, bars and restaurants close at 10:00 p.m. for on-premises consumption; and schools will remain open—however, there will be mandatory weekly testing of students, teachers, and staff for in-person settings.  

An orange zone designation means that mass gatherings will be limited to 10 people maximum whether indoor or outdoor; there will be 33% capacity, or 25 people maximum, for houses of worship; high-risk businesses (gyms, personal care, etc.) will be closed; dining will be takeout or outdoor only, with a 4-person per table limit, bars and restaurants close at 10:00 p.m. for on-premises consumption; and schools will operate remotely. The Governor noted that for orange zones, the schools must remain closed for 4 calendar days after the zone designation and may re-open as early as the 5th calendar day. In order to reopen on the 5th day, the school must ensure that no person will attend in-person on the campus without first receiving a negative test result, this applies to faculty/staff, as well as students.

In addition, parts of the Bronx will be moved to the yellow zone, the Queens yellow zone will be expanded to include Astoria, the Brooklyn orange zone is moving to a yellow zone, and Broome County and Orange County are cleared of their yellow zone restrictions. Monroe County remains a yellow zone.

The exact maps of each zone can be found at this link once they are released.

If you have additional questions about this update, please reach out to a member of our Government Affairs practice group for assistance:

Amy J. Kellogg
John M. Jennings
Donald S. Mazzullo


Attorney Advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. This publication is provided as a service to clients and friends of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. It is intended for general information purposes only and should not be considered as legal advice. The contents are neither an exhaustive discussion nor do they purport to cover all developments in the area. The reader should consult with legal counsel to determine how applicable laws relate to specific situations. ©2020 Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Disclaimer

This website presents only general information not intended as legal advice. Although we encourage calls, letters and emails from prospective clients, please keep in mind that merely contacting Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (HSE) does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Confidential information should not be sent to HSE until you have been notified in writing by HSE that a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Information sent to us before then may not be treated as confidential by HSE or the court.

I have read this and agree     Cancel

Our website uses cookies. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.