ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a new state mandate in an effort to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.
In his daily news conference, Cuomo said businesses cannot have more than 50% of their employees work outside of their homes. This is a mandatory requirement by executive order, and will be in effect statewide.
Work from home — Stop the spread!
I will issue an Executive Order directing non-essential businesses to implement WFH policies effective Friday.
Businesses that rely on in-office personnel MUST decrease their in-office workforce by 50%. (Essential services are exempted.)
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 18, 2020
Cuomo says exemptions will include essential services such as food, pharmacies, health care, shipping, supplies, media, etc.
“I understand that this is a burden to businesses,” said Cuomo. “I understand this is an impact on the economy, but in truth we’re past that.”