This morning, Governor Cuomo announced during a press conference that his stay-at-home order, otherwise known as “New York on Pause,” will be extended through at least May 15, 2020.

Governor Cuomo’s initial stay-at-home order, Executive Order 202.6, required non-essential businesses to keep 50% of their workforces at home beginning on March 20, 2020. The Governor then issued Executive Order 202.7, which increased the percentage of the workforce that must stay at home to 75%, followed by Executive Order 202.8, which increased that percentage to 100%.

Executive Order 202.8 was to remain in place until April 19, 2020, but was later extended through April 29th by Executive Order 202.14. We expect that the latest extension will be contained in Executive Order 202.18, which has yet to be published.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of other recent pronouncements by the Governor that are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. These include, among others:

  • Executive Order 202.15, which provides that all individuals may vote in elections taking place before June 23, 2020 by absentee ballot as a result of the pandemic.
  • Executive Order 202.16, which requires employers to provide, at their own expense, face coverings to all employees who have direct contact with customers or members of the public. Those employees are required to wear such face coverings.
  • Executive Order 202.17, which requires all individuals over age 2 to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when in public and unable to maintain social distance.

Although last week was described as the apex of the pandemic in New York, it is clear that we will not soon be returning to life as we once knew it.

For questions about the Governor’s executive orders, please contact Jessica M. Baquet at (516) 393-8292 or or Rachel Morgenstern at (516) 393-8291 or