Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he will sign an executive order Friday mandating that all non-essential businesses in New York keep 100% of their workforce at home.
The order, which joins measures signed in other states including California, mandates that only workers at essential businesses, which include grocery stores, banks and pharmacies, can commute to their place of work. Everyone else is encouraged to stay inside as much as possible, with exceptions for solitary exercise outdoors and buying groceries.
The order will take effect Sunday evening and is in effect “for the foreseeable future,” Cuomo said in a press conference Friday.
As part of the order, Cuomo said he would also stop any evictions of any residential or commercial tenants for 90 days.
The Broadway League said it did yet not have any update on how this will affect theater closures.
There were 7,102 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State as of Friday, including 4,408 in New York City, according to Cuomo. He attributed the jump in the numbers to an increase in testing.