As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the micro-cluster approach will be used in Monroe and Onondaga counties as both see increased cases of COVID-19.
He did little to indicate that major restrictions would be coming, but noted that the counties would be moved into ‘yellow zone’, which means 50% capacity at houses of worship, 25 person maximums at events – both indoors and outdoors – as well as a maximum of four people dining per table at restaurants.
Indoor dining will continue to be allowed, and as long as these counties don’t enter ‘orange’ or ‘red’ territory – businesses will be allowed to stay open.
It’s unclear how effective any commercial restrictions will be in these areas. Health officials said that the primary issue causing community spread are gatherings at private homes.
The new micro-cluster approach for these counties will mean mandatory weekly testing for students and teachers if the in-person model is being used.
More testing availability is expected in the coming days.
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