This morning, Governor Cuomo announced that non-essential New York businesses must keep 100% of the workforce at home.

On Wednesday, the Governor issued Executive Order 202.6 mandating that non-essential businesses keep 50% of the workforce at home as of 8:00 p.m. on March 20, 2020. On Thursday, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.7, which amended the previous order to require that non-essential businesses keep 75% of the workforce at home as of 8:00 p.m. on March 21, 2020. The Executive Order containing the latest directive from the Governor has not yet been released, but it is expected to become effective at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Essential businesses are exempt from the in-person workforce limitations. We blogged about the definition of “essential businesses” earlier today.

We will continue to provide real-time updates as they become available.

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