Some businesses prepare to close as Port Chester enters orange zone
Restaurants in Port Chester are preparing to close indoor dining because the village is a COVID-19 cluster orange zone.
Port Chester restaurant owners like Granit Balidemaj, of Alba's Ristorante, say it feels like we're moving backward to the shutdown that was last seen in March.
The state says the village meets the metrics of an orange zone, since the 7-day average positivity rate in Port Chester has been above 3% for 10 days.
This means indoor dining is not allowed, and only four people per table are allowed for outdoor dining. High-risk nonessential businesses, like hair salons and gyms need to close. Mass gatherings are now capped at just 10 people, and houses of worship at 33%. Schools must be remote.
Port Chester Mayor Richard Falanka says schools have already taken that initiative when the village was placed in the yellow zone Friday.
He says expect to see more enforcement Thursday when the village will have more officers monitor neighborhoods.