- September 1, 2021
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A new set of restrictions will take effect throughout much of Erie County later this week and Monday, after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that most of the towns and villages in the county are now under an Orange Zone microcluster designation.
High risk, non-essential businesses, including gyms and salons, will have to close as of Friday. Retail such as stores and malls are allowed to remain open but must continue to follow rules regarding capacity.
All schools within the Orange Zone must close and transition to remote learning.
New York State deems the following businesses as non-essential:
The following city and towns are included in the Orange Zone: the cities of Buffalo, Lackawanna and Tonawanda, the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Eden, Elma, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lancaster, Orchard Park, Tonawanda and West Seneca. Villages that are located within the listed towns are also included.
Buffalo (7.30%), Hamburg (9.78%), Lancaster (9.42%), Orchard Park (7.51%), and Tonawanda (6.84%) currently have the highest rates in Western New York and are among the highest rates in all of New York State.
Here are the guidelines for being in an Orange Zone:
As the Governor said today, Executive Orders are laws. Please take note and follow these laws. The only reason we are in this situation is because too many are ignoring measures to stop the spread of COVID. #WearAMask #WashYourHands pic.twitter.com/52Ok7aEVUJ
The rest of Erie County has now been designated as a Yellow micro cluster zone, including Alden, Boston, Brant, Colden, Collins, Concord, Holland, Marilla, Newstead, North Collins, Sardinia and Wales.
Here are the guidelines for being in a Yellow Zone:
Tuesday, 516 new cases out of 7,451 tests (6.8%) for COVID-19 came back positive. As of November 16, 185 people were admitted to Western New York hospitals, 150 of them in Erie County. Forty-seven percent of those in the hospital are less than 64 years old.
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