How is that possible? Will schools that were in orange and yellow zones that were ordered shut now reopen? What about my business? How long will each stage last? So many questions. Not enough answers. But here is what we know from the Governor’s press conference earlier today and the city.
First – a high-resolution map is here. Basically, everything south of Prospect Expressway, Caton Ave, and Linden Boulevard is in Yellow Zone.
What’s the basis for the change? According to the Governor, over the past 10 days:
- Red “Micro-Cluster” Zone: infection rates were between 7.4% – 5.5% (does not meet criteria to exit red zone)
- Orange Buffer Zone: infection rates were between 2.6% – 2.7% (meets criteria – based on no notable case increase for a buffer zone – for designation as Yellow Buffer Zone)
- Yellow Buffer Zone: infection rates were between 1.5% – 1.7% (does not meet metric to exit; remains Yellow Buffer Zone)
What are the criteria referenced here?
What are the restrictions in Yellow and Red Zones?
Will schools reopen for in-person instruction tomorrow, Thursday, October 22?
Not if the school is a public school. School may resume on Monday, according to the lastest tweets from Chancellor Richard Carranza:
“NYC families: the State has changed some zone color designations that may subsequently change the status of your child’s school. Please note that no changes to school building closures/reopenings will go into effect until Monday, October 26.”
We’re in the process of receiving updated guidance from the State and will keep in touch w/@NYCschools principals as more info comes in. For schools that are slated to re-open, we will give school communities as much notice as possible. Thanks for your patience. https://t.co/yRdPT2h3Js
— Chancellor Richard A. Carranza (@DOEChancellor) October 21, 2020
How long will the restrictions last?
The State Department of Health (DOH) is reserving the right to change all that at a moment’s notice. Full detail on today’s news here.