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Port Chester Moves to “Orange Zone”

Port Chester Orange Zone Abutting Rye

(PHOTO: the Port Chester “Orange Zone” abutting Rye.)

Port Chester moved to “Orange Zone” status on Wednesday. The 7-day average positivity rate in Port Chester has been above 3 percent for 10 days, meeting the metrics for an orange warning zone declaration. Port Chester was designated a less serious “Yellow Zone” this past Friday. “In Port Chester, there is a new Orange Zone,” Governor Cuomo said on social media Wednesday afternoon.

“Orange Zone” status means:

  • 10 people maximum, indoors and outdoors;
  • House of Worship Lesser of: 33% of maximum capacity / 25 people;
  • Certain high-risk non-essential businesses (eg., gyms, fitness centers and classes, barber shops, hair salons, personal care services) are closed.;
  • Schools are closed – remote only.

See the full advisory issued by Port Chester below.

Cuomo Port Chester orange zone

Village of Port Chester NY
Wednesday November 11th, 2020 :: 05:04 p.m. EST

COVID-19 Update By Village Manager: “Orange Zone” Status & Response

Residents of the Village of Port Chester:

Pursuant to our discussion with New York State, The Village of Port Chester has now been designated an “Orange Zone” by the New York State Governor due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

So what does it mean to be designated an “Orange Zone?”
An “Orange Zone” is either put in place primarily in densely populated urban areas as a tight buffer zone around a Red Zone microcluster area or is implemented independently as a warning zone. The goal is to restrict activity to prevent further spread of the coronavirus and to provide a defined geographic area where metrics can be monitored daily to ensure COVID is not spreading. How does our village’s status as an “Orange Zone” affect me, my family, or my business? Once the geographic focus area has been formed, including buffer areas where necessary, the state will implement appropriate restrictions – listed below relative to limit spread of the virus. In addition, all zone areaswill be subject to:

  • Increased community testing efforts
  • Increased enforcement and compliance efforts
  • Outreach from state officials to support local containment and educational efforts
  • Increased contact tracing support
  • Increased public education outreach where necessary
Activity Restrictions
  • Houses of Worship: Such capacities are immediately reduced to the lesser of 33% of maximum capacity or 25 people.
  • Mass gatherings: Maximum attendance is reduced to 10 individuals regardless if their location be outdoors or indoors.
  • Local Businesses: Certain High-risk non-essential businesses (eg. Gyms, fitness centers and classes, barber shops, hair salons, personal care services) ARE CLOSED.  Remaining businesses may stay open for now and must continue to adhere to already adopted CDC guidelines and sanitary practices.
  • Dining: INDOOR DINING IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE -outdoor dining, takeout or delivery only; 4 person maximum per table.  Food establishments must continue to adhere to already adopted CDC guidelines and sanitary practices.
  • Schools: All schools are closed for in person settings; REMOTE-ONLY.

What immediate services will be available in our village to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 or test for asymptomatic residents?  
The Westchester County Health Department and Open Door Family Medical Center is expanding COVID-19 testing in the Village of Port Chester and is providing ADDITIONAL TESTING.

Testing will be ongoing through November 14, 2020:

Open Door Port Chester
5 Grace Church Street
Port Chester, New York 10573

Available Testing Dates & Times
Thursday, November 12th: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday, November 13th: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 14th: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Those who wish to make an appointment should call: 914.995.7425 or visit the New York State Department of Health’s website by CLICKING HERE.

Free swab testing for Covid-19 for the general public.
Please wear a mask and try to arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
Minors under the age of 18 will need a consent form. 
The State of New York has also implemented 
additional restrictions state wide regardless of local status that include:
Bars & restaurants must close by 10:00 PM each day
Only curbside pickup or delivery permitted after 10:00 PM
Gyms and fitness businesses must close by 10:00 PM each day
Private house gatherings are limited to a ten (10) person maximum

The Westchester County Health Department will also be:

  • Distributing masks and hand sanitizer to community groups in The Village of Port Chester
  • Meeting with community leaders to discuss COVID-19 prevention and protocols, and
  • Launching an educational campaign in English & Spanish


Village of Port Chester NY
222 Grace Church St
Port Chester, NY 10573

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 914-939-2200


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