New York governor orders all non-essential workers to stay home from work

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  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said on Friday that he would sign an executive order mandating nonessential businesses to keep their workers at home starting Sunday evening.
  • The order will exclude pharmacies, grocery stores, and similar businesses.
  • The order also says nonessential gatherings of any size for any reason should be canceled or postponed, the governor said.
  • People should limit outdoor activities to those without contact and avoid public transportation unless absolutely necessary, he said.
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All nonessential businesses in New York state will be ordered to keep their workers home starting Sunday evening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday.

Cuomo said he would sign an executive order barring people from traveling to work unless they are employees of essential businesses like pharmacies or grocery stores.

—Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 20, 2020

Civil fines will be issued for businesses that don’t comply with the order, Cuomo said, adding that the order is not a shelter-in-place mandate.

The order says all nonessential gatherings of any size for any reason should be canceled or postponed, he said.

Cuomo ordered New Yorkers to limit outdoor activities to those without contact and said they should avoid public transportation unless absolutely necessary.

The governor urged anyone leaving their homes to practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet away from others. Businesses that provide essential services and will remain open will also need to implement rules to facilitate social distancing, Cuomo said.

He said people who are sick should not leave their home except to seek medical care, and only after consulting with a medical professional via a telehealth service. As of Friday, there were more than 7,000 coronavirus cases in the state.

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California issued a statewide stay-at-home order that allows only employees at businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks to go to work, encouraging its 39 million residents to stay indoors as much as possible.

Newsom estimated that more than half of California’s residents, about 25.5 million people, would test positive for the coronavirus in the coming months.

The order in California is similar to the one issued by French President Emmanuel Macron that banned public gatherings and walks outdoors.

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