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New Yorkers Ordered to Stay at Home Even Longer Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

MARK ROBINSON
APRIL 16, 2020


The pause continues. Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that his executive order, "New York State on PAUSE," will be extended until at least May 15, 2020. By prolonging the state’s stay-at-home directive, Governor Cuomo joins his cohorts in Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, who have also extended their stay-at-home orders. Others still are sure to follow suit.

Of note, Governor Cuomo left open the door for further extensions. As he put it, "What happens after [May 15], I don't know. We will see depending on what the data shows."

While a great challenge for all concerned, the restrictive measures are working in terms of stemming the spread of COVID-19. Rates of hospitalization, ICU admission, and intubation in NY are down, and it looks as though the state has passed the peak of its outbreak.

To ensure that trend continues, Governor Cuomo has also ordered New Yorkers to wear masks or cloth face coverings when out in public and unable to keep proper distance from other individuals. That mandate goes into effect at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) Friday (April 17), though there will be no penalty for violations.


We are working diligently to keep our clients up to date on coronavirus-related developments. Nevertheless, these developments are changing daily and, in some cases even hourly, so it is important that you make sure you are dealing with the most current information. That being said, this alert is not offered, and should not be relied on, as legal advice. You should consult an attorney for guidance and counsel regarding any specific concern or situation.