Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pexels ImageALBANY (AP) — Restaurants in some COVID-19 hot spots in New York state can once again offer limited indoor dining in the wake of the latest lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s virus restrictions, while a ban remains in place in New York City.Up to four people per table can now dine inside restaurants, up to 50% capacity, in seven so-called “orange zones” located in counties with some of the state’s highest rates of COVID-19 cases or hospitalizations: including Monroe County in the Finger Lakes.The decision comes a day after some Erie County restaurants won a preliminary injunction for themselves against the state’s enforcement of the indoor dining ban in yellow zones.Cuomo’s counsel Kumiki Gibson said his office disagrees with the decision and is reviewing it. She pointed to federal data demonstrating indoor dining increases COVID-19 spread. “While that process is ongoing, to ensure uniformity and fairness, all restaurants operating in orange zones can now operate under rules governing yellow zones,” she said.State Supreme Court Justice Henry Nowak said he couldn’t “find evidence that the state had a rational basis to designate portions of Erie County as an orange zone” and that the restaurants would suffer “irreparable harm” without the injunction.New York City’s restaurant industry is calling on Cuomo to also halt his indoor dining ban in the city. Manhattan has relatively low rates of cases and hospitalizations, though rates are higher in Staten Island.“Continuation of the indoor dining ban in New York City is divorced from any of the data and criteria the state has articulated and must be ended now,” NYC Hospitality Alliance executive director Andrew Rigie and executive director and counsel Robert Bookman said in a joint statement.It’s the latest lawsuit that has questioned Cuomo’s micro-cluster approach launched in October.Cuomo proposed imposing COVID-19 restrictions based on addresses of people testing positive, rather than statewide like last spring. Courts long deferred to Cuomo’s emergency authority, but restaurants and houses of worships have seen some success arguing Cuomo has gone too far.The Supreme Court barred Cuomo in November from enforcing 10- and 25-person attendance limits at churches and synagogues in Brooklyn and Queens hot spots. Cuomo called that decision “irrelevant” because he ended up easing restrictions in those neighborhoods.But in late December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Cuomo’s attendance policy “discriminates against religion on its face” and ordered the federal district court to issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement in red and orange zones statewide. Cuomo’s office didn’t respond immediately Thursday to a question about the status of those restrictions.Cuomo’s Thursday announcement was welcome news for county officials and restaurant owners who question why Cuomo has kept only some orange zones even as cases rise elsewhere.“We’re very happy,” David Cleary, an owner of Pudgie’s Pizza Pasta & Subs, which has two locations in Chemung County, said. “We’ve been very patient the last 80-plus days. It’s good for all restaurants and dine-ins, especially mom-and-pop locations.”Critics question Cuomo’s data and say his approach leads to people driving outside zones to dine indoors. Cleary said other restaurants in Chemung’s orange zone started opening this week in defiance of Cuomo’s restrictions.“We really wanted to, but we’re trying to do what’s right and abide by the law,” he said, adding: “Now that we’re all able to open it’s easier.”New York now has no red zones and seven orange zones, even as nearly the entire state is seeing high enough positivity rates to qualify under Cuomo’s original red zone metrics. Cuomo hasn’t updated zones in weeks, and said in December he’ll shutter a part of the state only if regional hospitalization reaches critical levels.Red zones shutter nonessential businesses and outdoor dining, while orange zones only allow outdoor dining or takeout and limit gyms and hair salons to 25% capacity. Cuomo originally shuttered schools in those zones, but later allowed them to reopen if they launch testing programs.New York is far below the mid-April peak of COVID-19, but infections surged this fall and winter. The state now ranks 12th in the nation for its average of hospitalizations and new cases per-capita over the past seven days.In central and northern New York, Herkimer and Lewis counties have averaged a higher rate of new COVID-19 cases per-capita than Arizona over the past seven days. Long Island’s Suffolk County has a higher rate than California.And Cuomo’s approach has fueled disagreements between state and local officials, whose data can often differ, and confusion for residents.Chemung County’s own dashboard cites 210 active cases, 70 deaths of county residents and 57 residents hospitalized. But the state’s data — which doesn’t include hospitalizations by county — lists 107 deaths in total and 720 new cases over the past 10 days.County public health spokesman Vincent Azzarelli said he doesn’t know why the state’s fatality count is different. He said the county’s “active cases” are cases the department’s currently monitoring.
“I think there’s a lot of factors,” Roberts said. “Right now they (Bellinger and Muncy) both see the baseball well. They both stay in there as far as keeping their upper body square to the baseball. They can use the other side of the field. They don’t run from the ball in on them. There’s a lot of different variables that allow the lefty to stay on it and have success in that situation.”Verdugo’s output since replacing A.J. Pollock in center field has made it hard to consider sitting him down when Pollock is healthy, and he has made it even harder with the way he mashes lefties. How would you platoon him?“I might get a little closer to the plate, but really it’s just trying to get a pitch out over the plate,” he said. “A lot of times lefties (throw) fastball-slider-curveball, and they don’t really throw very much (else) to another lefty, so you just try to hang in on them, don’t bail out and just shoot the hole.“I feel like with our team we’ve got some really good lefty hitters who can manipulate the barrel up there and just have a good at-bat, whether it’s a righty or a lefty up there.”It might not be the final piece of the puzzle – the bullpen will still be a point of concern until it isn’t – but it’s one less vulnerable spot for a team determined to make noise in October.firstname.lastname@example.org@Jim_Alexander on Twitter LOS ANGELES — Joe Maddon probably couldn’t help himself. His managerial instincts were too overwhelming.Before Friday night’s game between the Dodgers and Cubs, the Chicago manager talked about the Dodgers’ left-handed hitters and their success against left-handed pitching, pretty much reversing one of the team’s – and particularly Cody Bellinger’s – fatal flaws in 2018.So when Bellinger came to the plate in the fifth inning on Friday night, after going 0 for 1 with a walk against right-hander Kyle Hendricks, Maddon strode to the mound, waving toward the bullpen with his left hand.It didn’t work. Bellinger smacked a 2-and-2 sinker from Kyle Ryan into right field for a single, setting up the Dodgers’ final run in a 5-3 victory. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco This is, as much as anything, why Bellinger is having a breakout season: He is punishing left-handers almost as frequently as he does right-handers, with a .329 batting average and 1.108 OPS against southpaws compared to .374 and 1.178 against right-handers.His numbers in 2018: .226 and .681 against lefties, .278 and .881 against righties.Nor is he alone. Max Muncy is better against lefties (.299/.962) than against righties (.267/.889). So is rookie Alex Verdugo: .368/.966 against lefties, .273/.763 against righties.The only outlier among the Dodgers’ left-handed hitters is Joc Pederson: .253 and 1.010 against right-handers, .167 average and a sickly .335 OPS against lefties. But since Dave Roberts became the Dodgers manager in 2016, Pederson sees right-handed pitching almost exclusively. He has had just 24 at-bats against left-handers this season, and when the Cubs brought in another lefty to face his spot in the seventh inning Friday night, Kiké Hernández hit for him.And this doesn’t even account for Corey Seager, now on the injured list after straining his hamstring Wednesday night against the Angels. Seager was superior against left-handers in 2017, his last full season, and though his numbers were better against right-handers this season he was starting to do damage against all comers over the past month. There are times when the Dodgers still resemble the all-or-nothing offensive team of last year. Until pitcher Rich Hill singled in a run in the fourth Friday night the Dodgers had scored 13 consecutive runs on home runs. And, as their 1-for-11 performance with men in scoring position in Anaheim on Tuesday night suggested, they are still capable of those nights of immense frustration that prompted This Space, a year ago, to label them “at once, the most entertaining and most frustrating team to watch in all of baseball.”But at their best, they are more diversified, more adaptable, and more versatile. And it’s possible that sitting on the bench in the first two games of last year’s World Series provided enough motivation for Bellinger and Muncy, in particular, to bear down even more against left-handers.“Their lefties hit lefties, and that’s the one thing that stands out,” Maddon said. “… When they go into a series, where you think you might get an advantage against them by matching up against them with their better hitters, you don’t.“Even Verdugo. Put him in that category also. That young man, he really stands in there well against left-handed pitchers.”So why such a dramatic change? Is it simply swing adjustment and greater selectivity, or is there more?Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
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