New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said if the seven-day hospitalization rate in a region indicates hospitals will reach 90% capacity within three weeks, the region will be designated a Red Zone and required to close all non-essential businesses.
If a region’s hospitalization rate has not stabilized within five days, indoor dining will close or be reduced.
Impacted regions in New York City will be required to stop all indoor dining.
In the rest of the state, restaurants will be mandated to reduce indoor dining to 25% capacity.
Restaurants in New York City are operating at 25% indoor dining capacity and at 50% in the rest of the state.
To mitigate the risk of hospitals becoming overwhelmed, Cuomo said the state has called for all hospitals to increase capacity by 25% and for retired doctors and nurses to return to service. Public and private hospitals are now mandated to shift patients to hospitals with more capacity if necessary.
The state’s program for identifying hotspots by “micro-cluster” now includes data to measure the pressure on hospitals, such as the hospitalization rate, staffing and capacity as well as the case and death rate. The combined data will be used to determine if an area should be designated as a yellow, orange or red zone with businesses and people required to follow the respective restrictions such as curfews and non-essential business closures.