Saying he is putting New York “on pause,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday morning that he will be issuing an executive order mandating that all workers in non-essential services stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"Essential services have to continue to function," Cuomo said. "Grocery stores need food. Pharmacies need drugs. Your internet has to continue to work. The water has to turn on when you turn the faucet."
Cuomo is also instructing people to stay indoors as much as possible. The order takes goes into effect on the evening of Sunday, March 22. The governor says it the “most drastic action” he can take.
Cuomo is also urging businesses to get creative to address medical equipment shortages, such as masks, saying the state will pay for the products.
The governor is also placing a 90-day moratorium on residential and commercial evictions in New York.