Yes, Destiny USA is in the orange zone; officials work out what this means for buyers


Syracuse, New York – Destiny USA is clearly in the orange zone of the coronavirus, which restricts business and school activities in Syracuse and some suburbs, despite some initial confusion on Monday when government officials first announced the zone.

The biggest impact of this marking will be on the mall’s restaurants and bars, which will no longer be able to house indoor patrons as of Wednesday. Food vendors are still free to sell and provide outdoor meals, but indoor meals are not allowed.

And what exactly does an outdoor meal in an indoor mall mean? It’s not yet clear if they can be consumed in Destiny’s restaurant seating, said Ryan McMahon, executive director of Onondaga County, this morning. McMahon said he thinks restaurant tables can stay open, but is asking for guidance from state health officials.

“I think eating court meetings are still allowed, but let’s be clear,” McMahon said.

State officials hesitated to open restaurant courtyard seats in July after the mall was first allowed to reopen. State officials kept the area closed for a few weeks to avoid a large number of rallies.

A Destiny USA spokesman said mall officials are still working on how the orange zone will affect operations. It is planned to provide more information later today.

Destiny USA is the sixth largest shopping mall in the country. Black Friday is usually the busiest day of the year.

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