By now you may have heard that restaurants in areas of Queens and Brooklyn reporting upticks in Covid positivity rates shut down partial or full dining service, based on a color-coded zone map. In addition to restaurants, these restrictions also impact gyms, other non-essential businesses, religious institutions, and mass gatherings of any kind. The zoning plan came after a lot of back and forth between Cuomo and De Blasio.
On Wednesday, October 21st, Governor Cuomo announced that areas of Queens and South Brooklyn will now be able to transition back to serving people indoors and outdoors (with a maximum of four people per table). The only restaurants who remain limited to takeout are establishments in the red zone of South Brooklyn. This change comes as a result of an increase in testing in those areas and a decline in the seven-day average positive rate. Translation: this is good news for all New Yorkers.
In his Wednesday press conference, Cuomo also communicated new metrics to determine which areas can transition out of restriction color zones, based on positive testing percentages.
- Areas may exit the red zone if positive rates remain under 3% after 10 days
- Areas may exit the orange zone if positive rates remain under 2% after 10 days
- Areas may exit the yellow zone if positive rates remain under 1.5% after 10 days
What Does Each Zone Color Mean?
Red: Restaurants in the red zone must stop indoor and outdoor dining, reverting back to delivery and takeout only.
Orange: Restaurants must shut down indoor dining, but are permitted to continue outdoor dining service with a limit of four people per table.
Yellow: The least restrictive zone, restaurants in the yellow are allowed to continue indoor and outdoor dining, as long as they limit tables to a maximum of four diners.
How To Look Up A Specific Address
Use this Zone Finder map to figure out if a particular restaurant is located in an area where these new restrictions apply.