Governor Orders New York State on PAUSE
By Governor's Press Office
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed on Friday the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a ten-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 8:00 pm 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 seventy 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 be prescreened by taking temperature and checking for any other flu-like symptoms. Both individuals should wear a mask for the duration of the visit.
The governor also announced a ninety-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 that are interested in selling products to the state should contact Simonida Subotic at 646-522-8477 or email@example.com.
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.
“We know the most effective way to reduce the spread of this virus is through social distancing and density reduction measures,” Governor Cuomo said. “I have said from the start that any policy decision we make will be based on the facts, and as we get more facts we will calibrate our response accordingly. This executive order builds on the actions we have taken to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the wellbeing of our friends, colleagues, and neighbors. But again, I want to remind New Yorkers that the panic we are seeing is outpacing the reality of the virus—and we will get through this period of time together."
The governor's ten-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:
"Matilda's Law" includes the following rules for vulnerable populations:
Source:Governor of New York
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