New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) has issued an executive order shutting down all non-essential business in the state of New York in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo said compliance with the order is not optional and businesses and entities that do not comply will be fined.
At a press conference Friday morning, the New York governor said "We need everyone to be safe, otherwise no one can be safe." The executive order comes as Cuomo announced that New York has confirmed over 7,000 of its residents are infected with the deadly virus, making it the highest of any state in the country.
Cuomo said concerns with 'PAUSE' policy should be directed at him
Cuomo's order, titled "PAUSE," extends to non-vulnerable populations and includes:
1) Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, or social events) are cancelled or postponed at this time.
2) Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced.
3) When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others.
4) Businesses and entities that provide essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
5) Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where you come in close contact with people.
6) Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary, and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least 6 feet from other riders.
7) 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.
8) Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations.
9) Precaution: Isopropyl alcohol wipes.
The governor recognized his actions "will cause disruption." He added: "They'll cause employees to stay at home. I understand that. They will cause much unhappiness. I understand that also."
CNN reported Cuomo also acknowledged that New Yorkers should direct their frustrations at him. "I accept full responsibility. If someone is unhappy, if somebody wants to blame someone, or complain about someone, blame me. There is no one else who is responsible for this decision."
Coordinating with other states
The New York Posted reported that Cuomo's lock-down measures and sanctions for violations are being coordinated with New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
"Regional action is the best," Cuomo added.