Cuomo orders nonessential workers statewide to stay home

Source: The Hill | March 20, 2020 | Lauren Vella

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday mandated that all nonessential workers across the state stay home to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Cuomo, at a press conference, added the executive order will not apply to those who work in essential services, including people who work in pharmacies and grocery stores. 

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The new, more restrictive rules come as the total number of cases in New York has climbed well above 7,000.

Cuomo acknowledged that some in government oppose the tougher rules and said he would accept all responsibility and blame for the decision.

The governor also released the Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone, or PAUSE, in an effort to “close the valve.” The new, stringent measures are an effort to prevent both low- and high-risk populations in the state from contracting the disease and to limit the amount of person-to-person contact significantly

Among the announced measures, the governor required that those over the age of 70 and those with compromised immune systems remain indoors at all times. People in these groups should only venture out for solitary exercise, Cuomo said, while adding that “all vulnerable persons should wear a mask in the company of others.” 

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