New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during an ongoing news conference today that he will lift restrictions in nearly all the state’s existing orange and yellow micro-cluster zones, citing the decline in the percent positivity and hospitalization rates statewide following the winter holiday Covid-19 surge.
“I think at this point it’s safe to say the holiday surge was anticipated, the holiday surge did happen, but the holiday surge is over,” the governor said.
Cuomo said restrictions will be lifted for all zones except for four yellow zones in New York City: The Bronx, Washington Heights, Queens, and Newburgh.
State officials implemented the micro-cluster restrictions based on the severity of each clusters’ outbreak, with red being the highest. There are currently no New York counties in the “red zone,” according to the governor’s website.
The governor added that he will be meeting with city health officials in New York City and aims to release a reopening plan for the city’s restaurants “by the end of this week.”
“I fully understand how difficult it is that they’re closed, not just for the restaurants but all the people who are employed there. On the flip side is how fast this virus can take off,” Cuomo said.