It’s Monday, March 23rd – and that means as of last night at 8 p.m. – New York is on PAUSE.
That’s the executive order Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday shutting down all non-essential businesses.
Here’s how PAUSE works:
– Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size, for any reason, are cancelled and/or postponed.
– 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.
The second part of the executive order, which is called “Matilda’s Law,” includes the following rules for vulnerable populations:
– Remain indoors;
– Go outside for solitary exercise;
– Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking temperature to see if a person is exhibiting flu-like symptoms;
– Do not visit households with multiple people;
– Wear a mask when in 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.