After being an epicenter for the virus just a few months back, NYC has yet again seen an uptick in cases for the past two weeks, particularly around nine zip codes across Brooklyn and Queens. To keep a tab on the growing cases around the city, authorities have launched a new map aimed at tracking coronavirus updates by the minute.
The map allows New Yorkers to enter their address to determine whether they are in either of the three, color-coded zones — yellow, orange or red —in response to the rise in cases. The zones will now be determined and demarcated as opposed to the earlier ‘Zipcode’ trend.
“New Yorkers can now look up any address to see if they live, work or go to school in a Red, Orange or Yellow zone,” tweeted Bill Neidhardt, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary. “This one is big. Public health demands clarity and we’re proud NYC is delivering this clear, easy to use a map.”
As it stands, Red “intense clusters” will see all non-essential businesses and schools closed, restaurants reduced to takeout only, mass gatherings prohibited and houses of worship limited to a maximum of 25 percent capacity or 10 people.
In the Orange zone, where schools will also go to remote learning, high-risk non-essential businesses including gyms will be closed and restaurants will be restricted to outdoor dining with a maximum of four people per table.
In those areas, mass gatherings will be capped at 10 attendees, and houses of worship at either 25 congregants or 33 percent capacity. The city has determined that there are 66 public school sites in red zones and another 87 in orange zones — all of which must transition to remote learning, according to Neidhardt. A total of 124 schools are currently impacted in red and orange zones, with some schools having multiple physical sites.
In the yellow zones, businesses will remain open, including restaurants to both indoor and outdoor dining, though with the same four-to-a-table limit.
All closed schools will be reevaluated for a reopening two weeks after their closures. Another 308 public school sites are located in yellow zones and must be subjected to mandatory weekly virus testing — an endeavor the state is still determining how to carry out.
Source: NY Post