ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is extending state mandates and policies put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus through April 29.
This means schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed until then.
The New York on PAUSE policies were originally implemented through April 15, but Cuomo announced the bans would be extended during his Monday coronavirus briefing.
The following policies are in place as part of New York State on PAUSE:
- Effective at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed
- 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
- Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced
- When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others
- Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet
- Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people
- 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
- 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
- Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations
- Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes
As of Monday, there are more than 130,000 cases of coronavirus in New York state and more than 4,700 deaths due to the disease.