Buffalo, New York (WIVB) – Parts of Erie County are now considered an “orange district,” while a portion of Niagara County moves into the “yellow zone.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move to tighter restrictions Wednesday afternoon.
Cluster designations are given for parts of the state where the infection rate has remained very high for a very long time, and as of Tuesday afternoon, there was not a single part of Erie County where the infection rate was not less than three percent.
The average positive traded rate for the seven days in Western New York is 5.1 percent. Based on the latest mathematics, parts of Erie County now qualify for higher restrictions. Other parts of the county, as well as northern Tonawanda and part of Whitfield in Niagara County, are now yellow areas.
|Orange region||Yellow area|
|Tonawanda (city and town)||Alden|
|Seneca Western||North Collins|
in a Set the yellow areaThere are restrictions on gatherings, as well as specific times some facilities, such as bars and restaurants, must be closed.
Like Governor Como, Mark Bolloncars, the chief executive of Erie County, believed that bars and restaurants that did not follow the state’s rules ended up contributing to the higher number of cases.
See the Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz press in full here:
Here are the parts of Erie County with the highest infection rates, as of Wednesday:
Now that parts of the county are orange districts, The restrictions are more stringent. In orange areas, residential and non-residential communities cannot house more than 10 people.
In restaurants and bars, people cannot eat inside. Only take out, takeout and delivery is allowed. Like the Yellow Zones, there is a limit of 4 people per table.
Non-essential high-risk businesses such as gyms, hair salons and personal care services will be closed from Friday.
Malls and retail centers can still be open, but you must watch their capacity – capacity must be 50 percent or less.
Schools in the orange regions cannot continue to offer personalized learning. Instead, lessons should be quite a long way from Monday.
Houses of worship may still operate in person, but with fewer people. Depending on the country, facility capacity should be less than these two options – 33 percent of maximum capacity, or a maximum of 25 people.
During his Wednesday afternoon conference, Governor Cuomo said he expects infection rates in the state to worsen after Thanksgiving.
Lt. Col. Cathy Hochol made the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:
After Governor Cuomo’s announcement today, and after making a call this evening to the control room in Western New York, it is clear that Western New York has reached alarming levels of positive COVID-19 cases and if we don’t change what we’re doing now, the deadly virus will continue to spread throughout the region It leads to more closures.
Today should be a call to action for all residents of western New York. We all want to reopen our local businesses and schools as soon as possible. We can achieve this if we work together and follow the directions: wear a mask, restrict gatherings to immediate beds of no more than ten people, and social distancing.
As head of the Western New York Control Chamber, I will continue to work closely with Governor Cuomo and administration officials, coordinating daily with county officials, local officials, and public health experts to stop the spread and save lives.
– First Lieutenant Cathy Hushul