New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference Friday morning that all non-essential workers throughout New York State are required to stay home in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. This state-wide ban comes a day after California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, ordered a statewide shelter in place for all California residents.
In his statement, Cuomo acknowledged that “it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be disruptive, but we will get through this together.”
We know what we have to do to contain the spread of this virus—reduce density and person to person contact—and based on new facts we are getting every day, we’re taking further steps to keep more New Yorkers at home while keeping essential services running. At the same time, we know there is going to be an economic impact across the state and we are taking new actions to support the thousands of New Yorkers and small businesses who are suffering.
Cuomo’s executive order will take effect this Sunday. New York currently has 4,152 cases of COVID-19.
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