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New York outlines low, moderate, and high risk activities as holidays approach

When Governor Andrew Cuomo held his press briefing on Sunday it was clear that his expectations of the following week would be increased restrictions for some local communities, as well as higher rates of COVID-19.

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After giving a stern warning to New Yorkers, the Governor tweeted out a graphic outlining what activities are low, moderate, and high risk around the holidays.

Here’s how it breaks down.


Low Risk

– Having a small dinner party with only people who live in your household.
– Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family.
– Dropping off prepared food at family members’ homes in a contactless way.
– Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the following Monday.
– Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home.

Moderate Risk

– Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community.
– Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where COVID safety measures are being enforced.
– Attending a small outdoor sports event with safety precautions in place.

High Risk

– Going shopping in crowded stores around the holidays.
– Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race.
– Attending crowded parades.
– Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household.
– Using substances that may alter judgment and make it more difficult to practice COVID-19 safety measures.