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Mayor de Blasio said New Yorkers should visit COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zones impact their daily lives.
By Forum Staff
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently launched the Find Your Zone map: a joint City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, Office of Emergency Management, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene creation to make the State cluster initiative maps searchable, allows New Yorkers to enter their address and find in what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school.
Building on the City’s initial proposal to enforce a closure of non-essential businesses and schools, restrictions in all zones went into effect for a minimum of 14 days starting Oct. 8.
“New Yorkers have been through so much together, and these next few weeks are critical in our fight against the pandemic,” de Blasio said. “We are committed to giving New Yorkers the resources they need to stay safe and healthy in their communities.”
In red zones, schools are already closed, and non-essential businesses closed Oct. 8. Restaurants must operate with take-out only, and mass gatherings are prohibited. Houses of worship must be capped at 25-percent capacity, with a maximum of 10 people allowed inside.
In orange zones, schools closed on Thursday morning, Oct. 8. High-risk businesses are now closed, including gyms. Restaurants are permitted to have outdoor dining only, with a maximum of 4 people per table. Gatherings must be kept to 10 people or less, regardless of whether they are held indoors or outdoors. Houses of worship must be kept at a 33-percent capacity, with a maximum of 25 people inside.
In yellow zones, schools will remain open but are subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing. All businesses will remain open, and New Yorkers are encouraged to take extra precautions. Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted, with maximum of four people per table. Gatherings must be 25 people or less, regardless of whether they are held indoors or outdoors. Houses of worship are allowed to operate at 50-percent capacity.
“Throughout this outbreak New Yorkers have been the key to beating back the virus,” said NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi. “This tool will keep residents informed about COVID-19 in their communities so that they can take the necessary steps to keep themselves and their friends, families and neighbors safe.”
NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell said, “We are in this fight together, and we will continue to provide New Yorkers with the necessary resources to stay informed about the virus. The Find Your Zone map is a critical tool that makes it easy for individuals to find out whether they live, work, worship, or attend school in a cluster zone.”
And DoITT Commissioner and Citywide Chief Information Officer Jessica Tisch added, “DoITT is proud of our on-going efforts to support New York City’s Covid-19 response through the development and use of innovative technology.”
De Blasio noted that residents should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zones impact their daily lives.