In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and data collected from New Rochelle, New York State has designated some areas in and around New Rochelle as a Yellow Zone, meaning: “New Rochelle has seen an increase in positivity rates and number of daily cases, meeting the metrics for precautionary yellow zone.” See more about clusters here. (https://forward.ny.gov/micro-cluster-strategy)
Below is a map of the zone updated on Nov 19. You can download this map here. (https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/New_RochelleZonesOnly11-19.pdf)
A Yellow Zone is essentially a warning. Businesses can remain open, schools remain open, and restaurants can have indoor dining with limited restrictions. Here is a brief overview of what the different zones mean:
Red Zone: Non-essential businesses are closed; Restaurants can serve takeout or delivery only; Schools are Remote-only
Orange Zone: Certain high-risk non-essential businesses are closed; Restaurants can serve outdoor dining, takeout, or delivery only. Schools are Remote-only
Yellow Zone: All Businesses can remain open; Indoor and outdoor dining permitted, Schools are open
If trends do not improve, the zone could expand, or change to orange or red.
County Executive Latimer Responds to Rising Cases
The Westchester County Government is aware of the state’s designation, and of the increasing case numbers. At a briefing on November 19th, County Executive Latimer said: “There are things that are happening at a very fast speed, and we’re going to have to quickly respond” which suggests things may change soon. Keep an eye on the situation, if zones expand or change, businesses or restaurants may have to close.
The Westchester County Executive encourages residents to keep their Thanksgiving celebrations small and as safe as possible this year and to follow the guidelines (https://health.westchestergov.com/turkey-tips) put out by the County Department of Health.
Here is County Executive Latimer’s November 25 COVID 19 Briefing.