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Governor Cuomo Signs the 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order

March 20, 2020   06:00 p.m.
    Press Release from Governor Cuomo's Office:

    Governor Cuomo Signs the 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order

    10-Point Policy that Assures Uniform Safety for Everyone

    100% Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Statewide, Effective 8pm Sunday —
    Exceptions Made For Essential Services Such as Groceries and Healthcare

    "Matilda's Law" Will Provide New Protections for Most Vulnerable Populations -
    New Yorkers Age 70 and Older, People with Compromised Immune Systems
    and Those With Underlying Illnesses

    Directs 90-Day Moratorium on Any Residential or Commercial Evictions

    Asks PPE Product Providers to Sell Non-Essential Products to the State and
    Encourages Companies to Begin Manufacturing PPE Products

    Confirms 2,950 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing
    Statewide Total to 7,102; New Cases in 23 Counties

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he is signing the "New York State
    on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for
    everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide
    must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22,
    and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for
    any reason.

    Governor Cuomo also announced "Matilda's Law" - named for the Governor's
    mother - to protect New York's most vulnerable populations, including individuals
    age 70 and older, those with compromised immune systems and those with
    underlying illnesses. The measure requires this group of New Yorkers to stay
    home and limit home visitation to immediate family members or close friends in
    need of emergency assistance. If it is necessary to visit such individuals, the
    visitor should get prescreened by taking temperature and seeing if person is
    exhibiting other flu-like symptoms. Both individuals should wear a mask for the
    duration of the visit.

    The Governor also announced a 90-day moratorium on any residential or
    commercial evictions.

    Additionally, amid a shortage of personal protective equipment — or PPE —
    products in the state, including gloves, masks and gowns, the Governor is asking
    all PPE product providers to sell to the state any products that are not essential
    or not currently being used. Businesses interested in selling products to the state
    should contact Simonida Subotic at 646-522-8477 or covid19supplies@exec.ny.
    gov.

    The Governor is also encouraging any company with the proper equipment or
    personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing
    to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and
    personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE
    products should contact EricGertler at 212-803-3100 or COVID19supplies@esd.
    ny.gov.

    The Governor's 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:

  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses
    statewide will be closed;
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g.
    parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at
    this time;
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to
    workers providing essential services and social distancing should be
    practiced;
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet
    from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must
    implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and
    avoid activities where theycome in close contact with other people;
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely
    necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six
    feet from other riders;
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care
    and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the
    best interest of their health;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with
    vulnerable populations;and
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

    "Matilda's Law" includes the following rules for vulnerable populations:
  • Remain indoors;
  • Can go outside for solitary exercise;
  • Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if
    person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;
  • Do not visit households with multiple people;
  • Wear a mask when in the company of others;
  • To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable
    people should wear a mask;
  • Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and
  • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.