Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that New York State is effectively shutting down as of Sunday at his daily press conference, closing the valve on COVID-19 with his NYS on PAUSE plan: Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.
Here’s what that means:
Non-essential gatherings of any size are banned.
People are not allowed to gather in groups outside of their homes, with the exception of essential workers.
In public, people have to stay six feet away from each other.
All non-essential businesses have to have 100% of their employees working from home.
Limit all outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities that put you in close contact with people. Seniors over the age of 70 and those with underlying illnesses must remain indoors, except if they want to go outside for solitary exercise. Anyone coming into contact with
seniors or people with underlying illnesses should wear a mask where possible.
Vulnerable groups should not visit households where multiple people live.
Young people should avoid coming into contact with vulnerable people.
Cuomo rejected the language “shelter in place” because he said those were terms in the context of an active shooter incident or a possible nuclear attack. He’d previously ruled out such a declaration in New York City — despite Mayor Bill de Blasio repeatedly calling for one.
Essential businesses that can stay open include: grocers and restaurants, health care providers, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, hardware stores, laundromats and cleaners, child-care providers, auto repair shops, utility companies, warehouses and distributors, delivery services, plumbers and other skilled contractors, animal-care providers, transportation providers, construction companies and many kinds of manufacturers.
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