11.18 COVID-19 Bulletin: Erie County Areas Moved to Orange Zones

Erie County Areas Move to Orange Zones 

Governor Cuomo announced today that several municipalities within Erie County are now designated as Orange Zones as part of the state’s Cluster Action Initiative.  These designations require certain activities and operations to stop or scale down until further notice. Other municipalities in Erie and Niagara counties have been designated as Yellow Zones. 

For businesses, these changes are effective Friday, November 20th.  For schools, these changes are effective Monday, November 23rd.  
The following municipalities have been designed Orange Zones: 
  • Amherst 
  • Aurora 
  • Buffalo 
  • Cheektowaga 
  • Clarence 
  • Eden 
  • Elma 
  • Evans 
  • Grand Island 
  • Hamburg 
  • Lackawanna 
  • Lancaster 
  • Orchard Park 
  • Tonawanda(City & Town) 
  • West Seneca 

 

In an Orange Zone:

  • Non-essential ‘high risk’ business must close (gyms, fitness centers and classes, barber shops, hair salons, personal care services)  
  • Non-residential gatherings are limited to 10 people both indoors and outdoors 
  • Residential gatherings are limited to 10 people both indoors and outdoors 
  • Restaurants are limited to take-out, delivery, or outdoor dining (4 person per table max) 
  • Schools are closed, remote instruction only unless testing protocols are met 
  • Houses of worship capacity cap at lesser of 33% of capacity or 25 people  

 

The following municipalities either remain or have been designated as Yellow Zones:  
  • All Erie County towns not on Orange Zone list 
  • North Tonawanda 
  • Wheatfield (south of Niagara Falls Boulevard)  

 

In a Yellow Zone:

  • All business can remain open 
  • Non-residential gatherings are limited to 25 people both indoors and outdoors 
  • Residential gatherings are limited to 10 people both indoors and outdoors 
  • Houses of worship must limit capacity to 50% of maximum 
  • Indoor and outdoor dining is allowed with a maximum of 4 people per table 
  • Schools remain open but are subject to mandatory weekly testing of students and staff 

 

The state’s Cluster Action Initiative also includes the possibility of being designated a Red Zone.  A breakdown of what is and is not allowed under Red, Orange and Yellow zones is provided below and here.   

 Employers are reminded that they must follow all industry specific re-opening guidelines as has been the case for the last several months.  Those guidelines can be found here.   

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