All NY workers in non-essential businesses ordered to stay home

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 11:41 AM
Updated: Mar 20, 2020 3:54 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide.

Cuomo says he'll sign an executive order Friday. He also says nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed.

According to the governor's website, businesses considered essential include:

  • Shipping
  • Media
  • Warehouses
  • Grocery and food production
  • Pharmacies
  • Healthcare providers
  • Utilities
  • Banks/Financial Institutions
  • Other industries critical to the supply chain

The Democratic governor took the dramatic actions as confirmed cases in New York climbed to more than 7,000. Cuomo reported that the state's number of fatalities had increased to 35.

Johns Hopkins University, which has been tallying deaths globally, put the state's fatality count at 38.

The rules will take effect Sunday evening. Cuomo says people can still go out for solitary exercise to protect their physical and mental health.

New York state has 5,711 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 38 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.  

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 449038

Reported Deaths: 33081
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens715777243
Kings669717315
Bronx525264939
Nassau461542201
Suffolk460102011
Westchester377551454
New York330113173
Richmond157131085
Rockland14801675
Orange11790498
Erie10917689
Monroe5876289
Dutchess5053153
Onondaga4201205
Albany3006134
Oneida2373123
Ulster223995
Niagara1714101
Putnam157363
Sullivan157048
Broome145969
Schenectady137748
Saratoga99017
Rensselaer89642
Columbia58037
Chautauqua5369
Madison48617
Ontario45635
Oswego4243
Tompkins3940
Warren35633
Steuben34442
Fulton33224
Otsego3255
Orleans32354
Chemung3223
Greene31918
Herkimer31910
St. Lawrence3154
Genesee3145
Wayne3095
Washington28714
Cattaraugus2536
Chenango2487
Montgomery2234
Tioga22225
Livingston2018
Cayuga1962
Jefferson1610
Essex1580
Cortland1550
Clinton1545
Wyoming1325
Delaware1304
Seneca1053
Allegany961
Schoharie830
Franklin640
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler370
Hamilton150
Unassigned016
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