Governor’s Restrictions go into Effect in Hot Spot COVID Areas of Rockland; Ramapo Legislator Urges Residents Comply with Social Distancing Rules Because it’s “What God Wants.”

New restrictions on various COVID cluster zones around the state, including Rockland and Orange Counties, went into effect at 12:01am tonight. Four inspectors from the Rockland County Department of Health have been trained and are ready to participate alongside New York State Police officials.

And you may have already received an extra warning about the new restrictions form the county, which yesterday used the reverse 9-1-1 system to notify residents in the hot zones of the new restrictions. 29,000 landlines in those zones got the call, with another 200,000 phones county-wide expected to get the same message. The message directs people to visit the Rockland Cluster Action Initiative page on RocklandGov.com for additional details.

For the red zone in the Monsey, Kaser and New Square areas of Ramapo, the new guidelines restrict indoor worship to 25% of capacity with a ten-person maximum, schools are closed, only essential businesses can operate, dining is limited to take-out only, and mass gatherings are prohibited.

In a recent post on Twitter, Ramapo legislator Aron Weider posted a video in Yiddush, and said protecting lives is an integral part of the Jewish faith.

Weider said you should wear a mask – NOT for Governor Cuomo but because it is what God wants us as Orthodox Jews to do.

New York State Zone has an Address Lookup Map so you can see if you are in the yellow or red zones and what restrictions you may face. COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, we’ve got four in the hospital being examined, another 19 have been confirmed with coronavirus, and a total of 1,500 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 16,454 reported cases, 198 more than Thursday, and the Rockland Health Department says we have 679 total fatalities.

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