New COVID-19 Restrictions Hit Erie County and Part of Niagara County

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By: Staff Reporter

During a conference call on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced parts of Erie County are going orange and part of Niagara County is going yellow. 

The area of Niagara County effected by this is North Tonawanda and portions of Wheatfield.

The restrictions for Yellow, Orange and Red Zones are below.

Yellow Zone:

  • Houses of worship operate at 50% capacity.
  • Mass gatherings limited to 25 people indoors and outdoors.
  • Businesses remain open.
  • Restaurants can offer indoor and outdoor dining but must only have four people per table.
  • Schools remain open but must have weekly COVID-19 testing for students/teachers/staff for in-person settings.

Orange Zone:

  • Houses of worship operate at 33% capacity or 25 people maximum.
  • Mass gatherings limited to 10 people indoors and outdoors.
  • High-risk nonessential businesses close (gyms, personal care, etc.)
  • Restaurants can only offer outdoor dining and takeout, four person maximum per table for outdoor dining.
  • Schools are closed and shift to remote learning.

Red Zone:

  • Houses of worship operate at 25% capacity or 10 people maximum.
  • Mass gatherings are prohibited.
  • Only essential business can be open.
  • Restaurants can only offer takeout.
  • Schools are closed and shift to remote learning.


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