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L.I. Communities Reach Coronavirus "Yellow Zone"

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Eric Gay
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AP
Religious gatherings will be restricted to half capacity under state Coronavirus guidelines.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says parts of Long Island are now under “yellow zone” restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus after the communties exceeded a 3% positivity rate.

Cuomo said the new restrictions are for Great Neck and Massapequa Park in Nassau County, and Hampton Bays and Riverhead in Suffolk County. They each have a 7-day positive COVID-19 test rate above 3% for 10 days.

“You have local control up to 3%. When 3% happens, the state takes over," Cuomo said.

Those Long Island communities are required to limit mass gatherings to 25 people and cap religious gatherings to 50% capacity. Schools that test at least 20 % of its staff and student body at least once a month can still hold in-person classes, if the district chooses. Businesses can also remain open.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.