Cluster Action Initiative

Restrictions Within the Clusters

The initiative will divide clusters and the areas around them into three categories with successively higher restrictions within each one: Red Zones, Orange Zones and Yellow Zones.

How Zones are Established

Cluster Zones FAQs

The chart below is a summary and is not exhaustive. For full details please see Empire State Development's Guidance Related to New York's Cluster Action Initiative.

Where permitted to operate within the cluster action initiative, businesses and other entities must continue to follow the relevant industry-specific guidelines provided by Department of Health as available on the New York Forward website for their applicable operations and activities. 

Restrictions by Cluster Zone
Type of Activity Red Orange Yellow
Non-Residential Gatherings

Prohibited

10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors

25 people maximum, indoors and outdoors
Residential Gatherings Prohibited 10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors 10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors
House of Worship

Lesser of:

25% of maximum capacity
10 people

Lesser of:

33% of maximum capacity
25 people

50% of maximum capacity
Businesses  Non-essential businesses are closed  Certain high-risk non-essential businesses (eg., gyms, fitness centers and classes, barber shops, hair salons, personal care services) are closed. Open
Dining Takeout or delivery only Outdoor dining, takeout or delivery only, 4 person maximum per table, and bars and restaurants close at 10:00pm for on-premises consumption Indoor and outdoor dining permitted, 4 person maximum per table; bars and restaurants close at 10:00pm for on-premises consumption
Schools

Closed*
Remote-only

Closed*
Remote-only

Open
20% weekly testing of in-person students and faculty

*Schools may reopen if they follow new guidelines that require mass testing in schools before they reopen followed by vigilant symptom and exposure screening conducted daily.