New York Issues 'Stay Home' Order, Orders Business Closures
Albany, NY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down completely and released a host of new restrictions against residents leaving their homes.
The number of people who tested positive for coronavirus in New York surged from 2,950 on Thursday to 7, 102 overnight, CNBC reported.
“When I talk about the most drastic action we can take, this is the most drastic action we can take,” Cuomo told reporters on Friday morning. “This is not life as usual. Accept it. Realize it and deal with it.”
The new restrictions were ordered as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pleaded for Cuomo to shut down the state by issuing a “shelter in place” order, CNBC reported.
Cases of coronavirus in the city jumped by more than 1,000 in a few hours on March 19.
“It is not a shelter in place order,” Cuomo clarified at his press conference. “Shelter in place is used currently for an active shooter or a school shooter.”
However, the order he issued resembles the order in California.
The Cuomo’s latest edict requires people to practice social distancing when they leave their homes, by keeping a distance of at least six feet between them and others, CNBC reported.
He asked people to limit or avoid outdoor activities.
“Outdoor recreation is a solitary recreational exercise. It’s running. It’s hiking,” Cuomo explained. “It’s not playing basketball with five other people.”
The governor also said New Yorkers should stay off of public transit unless it is completely unavoidable, CNBC reported.
He urged young people to practice social distancing as well, as videos of spring breakers have shown hundreds of college students partying together while the pandemic was spreading.
Essential business such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks may remain open but must implement protocols for social distancing, CNBC reported.
The governor told sick people to stay home unless they’re headed to the doctor or hospital.
“These provisions will be enforced,” Cuomo insisted. “These are not helpful hints. This is not if you really want to be a great citizen. These are legal provisions.”
He said businesses could be fined for violating the order but said residents wouldn’t be sanctioned, CNBC reported.
California announced a statewide “stay at home” order late Thursday night that went into effect at midnight on Friday.