Village now within upgraded ‘orange zone’ due to rise in region’s COVID-19 cases

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (Nov. 18, 2020) – The Village of Williamsville and multiple other communities in Erie County today were marked as orange zones based upon the state’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Western New York region.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cluster action initiative includes three color-coded zones in order of high to low intensity: red, orange, and yellow.

The upgraded zone designation enacts stricter rules for restaurants and community gatherings, while also ordering the closure of gyms, salons and tattoo parlors.

In addition to Williamsville and the Town of Amherst, the orange zone includes the towns of Hamburg, Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Orchard Park, Lackawanna, and the City of Buffalo. The map below shows all of the communities within the orange and yellow zones. 

The state is mandating that, as of Friday, Nov. 20, communities designated within the orange zone have the following restrictions:

  • Houses of worship are limited to 33 percent capacity, or 25-person maximum
  • Mass gatherings are capped at 10 people for indoor and outdoor 10 people maximum, indoor and outdoor
  • State-declared, high-risk, non-essential businesses – such as gyms, salons, and tattoo parlors – will be temporarily closed 
  • Dining is limited to outdoors only, with a four-person maximum at each table. 

Additionally, schools in the orange zone will move to remote instruction only, effective Monday, Nov. 23.

According to state officials, the zone’s rules and restrictions will remain in effect for a minimum of 14 days.

For more information about COVID-19 or the governor’s three-zone initiative, click here.