Cuomo Lifts Coronavirus Restrictions for Queens Eating places and Bars
Following a two-week-long shutdown on indoor and out of doors eating, eating places in elements of Queens — in neighborhoods like Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park, and Far Rockaway — will be capable to resume service tomorrow, however with some restrictions nonetheless in place, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced.
The toughest hits elements of Brooklyn, nonetheless, won’t see these restrictions lifted but.
Affected elements of Queens will transfer solely to the yellow zone, the place indoor and out of doors eating are each allowed, however with a restrict of 4 individuals per desk. Ozone Park, a brand new neighborhood, has been added to the yellow zone after an uptick in instances there. Cuomo additionally introduced a number of new indicators Wednesday that may permit the totally different affected areas to transition out of zones based mostly on the coronavirus positivity price.
For an city cluster space to exit the strictest purple zone, it could want to keep up a positivity price beneath 3 p.c for 10 days, Cuomo stated. To take away orange zone restrictions, positivity would wish to remain beneath two p.c, whereas yellow zone limits will stay till the speed falls beneath 1.5 p.c.
In the meantime elements of South Brooklyn that had been within the purple zone like Borough Park and Midwood will proceed to see these restrictions stay in place for now, however Brooklyn neighborhoods that had been beforehand within the orange zone like Sundown Park and Brighton Seashore, will transfer to the much less restrictive yellow zone.
After a spike in COVID-19 instances towards the top of September, the state introduced a zoned shutdown order for elements of Brooklyn and Queens. Eating places positioned throughout the purple zone had been restricted to takeout solely, whereas these within the orange and yellow zones might do a mixture of indoor and out of doors eating, relying on the zone, however with fewer diners at every desk than in the remainder of the town.
The statewide take a look at positivity price is now 1.42 p.c, per Cuomo, excluding purple zones. That very same price within the purple zone throughout the state is 6.61 p.c.
Following the two-week-long shutdown that acquired underway on October 8, Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated Tuesday that the instances had leveled off and that the citywide coronavirus positivity price was holding regular at about 2.52 p.c and the seven-day rolling common was remaining at about 1.58 p.c — each good indicators in accordance with the Mayor.