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Microcluster Zones: What the Colors Mean

The microcluster zone rules are in effect for a minimum of 14 days and are outlined below. Other state guidance can supersede this guidance.

Nov. 17, 2020 3   min read

Microcluster zone colors

As coronavirus clusters pop up in counties throughout the state, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a cluster action initiative to address COVID-19 hotspots. The initiative is a science-based approach developed with the help of top public health experts to help stop any further spread of the virus, according to the release.

The rules are in effect for a minimum of 14 days and are outlined below. Other state guidance can supersede this guidance.

Yellow Zone — Precautionary Zone

  • Houses of Worship: 50 percent capacity
  • Mass Gatherings: 25 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
  • Businesses: Open
  • Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining, 4-person maximum per table
  • Schools: Open with mandatory weekly testing of 20% of students and teachers/staff for in-person settings.

Orange Zone — Warning Zone

  • Houses of Worship: 33 percent capacity, 25 people maximum
  • Mass Gatherings: 10 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
  • Businesses: Closing high-risk non-essential businesses, such as gyms and personal care
  • Dining: Outdoor dining only, 4-person maximum per table
  • Schools: Closed, remote only

Red Zone — Cluster Itself

  • Houses of Worship: 25 percent capacity, 10 people maximum
  • Mass Gatherings: Prohibited
  • Businesses: Only essential businesses open
  • Dining: Takeout only
  • Schools: Closed, remote only 
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