New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he will sign an executive order that would require all workers except basic services to stay at home to prevent the spread of the new virus in the state,media reported. The order will be signed on Friday and will take effect Sunday night.
As a “final step” to closing the valve, Mr. Cuomo said, all non-essential businesses will have to close or have their employees work from home, with the exception of businesses such as pharmacies or stores.
Cuomo said there have been more than 7,100 cases of new coronavirus in New York State and more than 4,400 in New York City. The governor said the order was not an order to stay at home, and that he was using the Matlida’s Law Act to order people over 70 or have problems with the immune system to leave them at home, keep a 6-foot distance from others and pre-check a visitor’s temperature.