“NYS on Pause” Executive Order-Essential & Social Distancing Specifics

Gov. Cuomo updates residents.

Governor Cuomo has issued directives detailing Essential Businesses and Social Distancing .

These policies are effective Sunday March 22, 8pm.


Here are specifics on how to achieve social distance and minimize viral transmission.

-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;

-Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;

-When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;

-Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;

-Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;

-Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;

-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;

-Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and

-Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

“Matilda’s Law” includes the following rules for VULNERABLE populations:

-Remain indoors;

-Can go outside for solitary exercise;

-Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;

-Do not visit households with multiple people;

-Wear a mask when in the company of others;

-To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;

-Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and

-Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary. ESSENTIAL BUSINESS.


100% Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Statewide, Effective 8pm Sunday — Exceptions Made For Essential Services Such as Groceries and Healthcare.

For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business,” means:

1. Essential Health Care Operations, Including:

-research and laboratory services


-walk-in-care health facilities

-emergency veterinary and livestock services

-elder care

-medical wholesale and distribution

-home health care workers or aides for the elderly

-doctor and emergency dental

-nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities

-medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers

2. Essential Infrastructure, Including:

-utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission

-public water and wastewater

-telecommunications and data centers


-transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages

-hotels, and places of accommodation

3. Essential Manufacturing, Including:

-food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages


-medical equipment/instruments


-sanitary products




-household paper products

4. Essential Retail, Including:

-grocery stores including all food and beverage stores


-convenience stores

-farmer’s markets

-gas stations

-restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)

-hardware and building material stores

5. Essential Services, Including:

trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal

mail and shipping services


building cleaning and maintenance

child care services

auto repair

warehouse/distribution and fulfillment

funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries

storage for essential businesses

animal shelters

6. News Media

7. Financial Institutions, Including:





-services related to financial markets

8. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations, Including:

-homeless shelters and congregate care facilities

-food banks

-human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, -protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating -community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support

9. Construction, Including:

-skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers

-other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

10. Defense

-defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

11. Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including:

-law enforcement

-ire prevention and response

-building code enforcement


-emergency management and response

-building cleaners or janitors

-general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor

-automotive repair


12. Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services:


-technology support for online services

-child care programs and services

-government owned or leased buildings

-essential government services


-If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business.

-Houses of worship are not ordered closed however it is strongly recommended no congregate services be held and social distance maintained.

-Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.

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