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Executive Orders

Please note that the information listed for each Executive Order is a brief highlight each order. The full Executive Order is available by clicking on the associated link.

202 – March 7, 2020: Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York

202.1 – March 12, 2020:

  • Any large gathering or event in excess of five hundred people shall be cancelled or postponed for a minimum of thirty days.
  • Any place of business or public accommodation, and any gathering or event with fewer than five hundred people, shall operate at no greater than fifty percent occupancy, and no greater than fifty percent of seating capacity, for thirty days effective on Friday, March 13, 2020, except that any theater seating five hundred or more attendees for a live performance located in a city of one million or more shall not hold any further performances after 5pm on March 12, 2020.
  • Suspension of seven-day waiting periods for unemployment insurance claimants related to COVID-19

202.2 – March 14, 2020:

  • Reduction in required number of signatures on petitions to 1.5% of the enrolled voters required, or 30% of the stated threshold, whichever is less
  • Any school district which is closing shall be required to first consult with local department of health and also exhaust any available time including snow days and vacation days. In addition, the State Education Department shall promulgate guidance for districts to ensure access to meals for students in need, critical educational supports for students and distance learning options

202.3 – March 14, 2020:

  • Any large gathering or event (concert, conference, worship service, performance before a large audience, etc.) shall be cancelled or postponed if more than 50 persons are expected in attendance, at any location in New York State until further notice.
  • Any restaurant or bar in the State of New York shall cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice shall only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption
  • Any gym, fitness centers or classes, movie theater, and facilities authorized to conduct video lottery gaming or casino gaming shall cease operation effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice.

202.4 – March 16, 2020:

  • Restrictions on non-essential personnel; schools closed until at least April 1, 2020; March 17 village elections postponed and any elected official holding such position shall remain in office until such time as a new election is held.

202.5 – March 18, 2020:

  • Any village election set to be held March 18, 2020 shall be postponed and any elected official holding such position shall remain in office until such time as a new election is held.
  • Effective at 8 p.m. March 19, 2020, all indoor common portions of retail shopping malls in excess of 100,000 square feet of retail space available for lease shall close and cease access to the public. Any stores located within shopping malls, which have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance, may remain open, subject to the requirements of Executive Order 202.3 that any restaurant shall limit itself to take out or delivery food services, and that any interior entrances to common areas of the mall remain closed and locked. 
  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions shall be closed to the public at 8 p.m. on March 19.  This directive shall not apply to public parks and open recreation areas. 

202.6 – March 18, 2020 – “Essential Business” definition:

Empire State Development – Business Guidance – Workforce Reduction UPDATED: MARCH 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  • Effective on March 20 at 8 p.m.: All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the State shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize.
  • Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 50% no later than March 20 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions.
  • Empire State Development Corporation shall issue guidance as to which businesses are determined to be essential. 

202.7 March 19, 2020:

  • Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice all businesses and not-for-profit entities shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 75%. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions.
  • Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice, all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to members of the public. This shall also include nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, and the provision of electrolysis, laser hair removal services, as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance.

202.8 – March 20, 2020:

  • Effective March 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice all businesses and not-for-profit entities shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 100%. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions.
  • The Vehicle and Traffic Law is temporarily amended to the extent that it provides an expiration for temporary registration documents issued by auto dealers to extend the validity of such during the duration of this executive order.
  • The Business Corporation Law is temporarily amended to the extent they require meetings of shareholders to be noticed and held at a physical location
  • There shall be no enforcement of either an eviction of any tenant residential or commercial, or a foreclosure of any residential or commercial property for a period of ninety days.
  • The authority of the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to abate late filing and payment penalties is hereby expanded to also authorize abatement of interest, for a period of 60 days for taxpayers who are required to file returns and remit sales and use taxes by March 20, 2020, for the sales tax quarterly period that ended February 29, 2020.

202.9 – March 21, 2020:

  • The Banking Law is modified to provide that it shall be deemed an unsafe and unsound business practice if, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, any bank which is subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) shall not grant a forbearance to any person or business who has a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of ninety days.
  • The Superintendent of DFS shall promulgate emergency regulations for the period of this emergency that fees for the use of automated teller machines (ATMs), overdraft fees and credit card late fees, may be restricted or modified in accordance with the Superintendent’s regulation of licensed or regulated entities taking into account the financial impact on the New York consumer

202.10 – March 23, 2020:

  • 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.
  • The Public Health Law, until April 22, 2020 is amended to the extent necessary to permit and require general hospitals to take all measures necessary to increase the number of beds available to patients, in accordance with the directives set forth in this Executive Order.
  • The Education Law, is temporarily amended to the extent necessary to provide that all physicians, physician assistants, specialist assistants, nurse practitioners, licensed registered professional nurses and licensed practical nurses shall be immune from civil liability for any injury or death alleged to have been sustained directly as a result of an act or omission.

202.11 – March 27, 2020

  • All schools in New York State will remain closed for an additional two weeks, through April 15.  Schools are required to continue their child care, meal, and distance learning provisions during this time. 
  • Amends the directive relating to pharmacists’ dispensing of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine.
  • Deems that any operation of a facility or occupancy of any such space by more than the number of persons allowable shall be deemed to be a violation of law and in violation of the Uniform Code or other local building code, as applicable.

202.12 – March 28, 2020

  • Reschedules the April 28, 2020 presidential primary and special elections for June 23, 2020.
  • Delays New York State’s tax filing day to July 15, matching the federal filing date.
  • Directs all hospitals to allow one person who does not have a fever at the time of labor/delivery to be present as a support person for a patient who is giving birth.

202.13 – March 30, 2020

  • Aligns the expiration date of various directives on closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, such that all in-person business restrictions will be effective until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020, unless later extended by future Executive Orders.
  • Clarifies the directive on non-essential construction.
  • Modifies the directive requiring a support person for a patient giving birth to cover labor, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period.
  • Reschedules various dates for elections that would have occurred in March, April or May 2020.

NYS Department of Health – Guidance

  LAST UPDATED: MARCH 30, 2020 AT 4:00PM

  • Governor Cuomo has directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home for an additional two weeks through April 15th.
  • In-person workforce restrictions, which have been implemented through various executive orders are also extended until April 15th.
  • Statewide school closures are extended by two weeks until April 15.
  • There is a new mobile testing site at the Bay Plaza AMC Theater at 2210 Bartow Ave in the Bronx. The center is slated to be operational on Monday, March 30. at 10 am. Site hours will be Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm. Appointment only.
  • Pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.
  • The presidential primary election will move from April 28 to June 23rd, aligning it with the congressional and legislative primaries in New York.
  • The NYS’s Wadsworth Lab has developed a new test for COVID-19, which is done through a saliva sample and a self-administered short nasal swab.
  • Three new sites have been identified to serve as a place for emergency beds – South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and Health Alliance in Ulster County – adding 695 more beds.
  • The federal government has approved four new sites for temporary hospitals – the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx – adding an additional 4,000 beds.
  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
  • New Yorkers without Health Insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices are temporarily closed for in-office visits. Online transactions, including for license renewals, are still be available. License and permit expirations will be extended.
  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
  • All non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions until further notice as part of New York State on PAUSE. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.  

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