Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

At a press conference on March 20, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced what is effectively a state-wide shutdown, requiring 100 percent of the state's non-essential workforce to work from home or stay home, effective on Sunday evening, March 22. The Executive Order will be enforced via unspecified civil fines (to be imposed on business entities, not on individuals), as well as mandatory closures for businesses that fail to comply.

Businesses deemed "essential" include grocery stores, pharmacies, utilities, Internet service providers and restaurants with delivery. A more comprehensive list of "essential businesses" was provided in conjunction with a prior Executive Order and can be found here. And, while public transportation will continue to operate, the Governor stated that, except for those using public transportation for urgent medical reasons, only essential workers should be using it. 

In addition, non-essential gatherings of any size, including recreational activities, are now canceled statewide.

This shutdown is expected to remain in effect for the foreseeable future, and according to the Governor, could last for months. We will provide further updates as more details become available.

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