'I am not kidding about this.' Cuomo orders all non-essential workers to stay home

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all non-essential workers in the state to remain home and issued new guidelines on gatherings and mass transit Friday, as coronavirus cases continued to climb.

News 12 Staff

Mar 20, 2020, 2:43 PM

Updated 1,487 days ago

Share:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all non-essential workers in the state to remain home and issued new guidelines on gatherings and mass transit Friday, as coronavirus cases continued to climb.
The governor said an executive order being issued today will put New York state on "PAUSE," short for "Policies that Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone."
Cuomo said 100% of the non-essential workforce must remain home, up from 75% previously. That excludes essential services including grocery stores, pharmacies, internet service and others.
The closure of non-essential businesses, which now includes barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, nail salons and hair removal services, goes into effect Saturday at 8 p.m.
The governor said Friday that positive cases in New York state have climbed to at least 7,102, including 5,683 in New York City, 1,091 in Westchester, 754 in Nassau and 459 in Suffolk.
Which workers are considered essential during COVID-19 outbreak? This list breaks it down 

The coronavirus death toll in New York is at 35, state officials said.
Cuomo said elective surgeries and procedures at hospitals will be canceled, likely starting next week, and said multiple sites are under consideration to be used as treatment sites to boost hospital beds. Those sites include CUNY and SUNY schools, including Stony Brook University and SUNY Farmingdale.
The Javits Center in Manhattan is also being considered.
The governor said all non-essential gatherings of any kind are prohibited, and urged people to only take mass transit only when necessary. He said mass transit services will continue to operate in order to transport essential workers.

Cuomo acknowledged that the orders would be disruptive, but said they were necessary in order to help stop the rapid spread of the virus.

"I am not kidding about this," he said, later adding, "I believe these policies will save lives."

Facing potential shortages of essential medical equipment, including masks, gowns and especially ventilators, Gov. Cuomo said the state is asking companies and health facilities to donate any such items they have that are not being used.
"Ventilators are to this war what missiles were to World War II," he said. "We need ventilators. That is the key piece of equipment."
PHOTOS: The impact of coronavirus around the world

undefined

PHOTOS: Scenes of eerie calm during the coronavirus pandemic
undefined
  


More from News 12
1:45
West Islip H.S. student to face a judge after bringing gun, bullets to school

West Islip H.S. student to face a judge after bringing gun, bullets to school

2:33
Sunny with highs near 70 today; cooler, wet weather to end the week

Sunny with highs near 70 today; cooler, wet weather to end the week

0:30
Police: 23-year-old charged for scrawling antisemitic graffiti in East Meadow

Police: 23-year-old charged for scrawling antisemitic graffiti in East Meadow

0:40
More than 200 pizzerias on LI band together to raise money for fallen NYPD detective

More than 200 pizzerias on LI band together to raise money for fallen NYPD detective

2:07
‘Wastewater Olympics’ held today in East Rockaway ahead of Earth Day

‘Wastewater Olympics’ held today in East Rockaway ahead of Earth Day

1:50
Made on Long Island: Ronance Mouthwatering Morsels in Bellmore

Made on Long Island: Ronance Mouthwatering Morsels in Bellmore

2:23
State budget makes no change to foundation school aid; governor signals changes coming in 2026

State budget makes no change to foundation school aid; governor signals changes coming in 2026

1:43
Police: Several people hurt in Garden City bus crash

Police: Several people hurt in Garden City bus crash

1:32
Nassau Community College professors call on state to step in to help school survive

Nassau Community College professors call on state to step in to help school survive

1:56
State officials: More chemical drums could be buried beneath Bethpage baseball field

State officials: More chemical drums could be buried beneath Bethpage baseball field

1:33
Groundbreaking ceremony marks beginning of Jake's 58 Casino's $210M expansion project

Groundbreaking ceremony marks beginning of Jake's 58 Casino's $210M expansion project

1:32
Nassau residents deliver petition with more than 1,600 signatures against proposal to deputize residents

Nassau residents deliver petition with more than 1,600 signatures against proposal to deputize residents

Police: Driver arrested for fatal Brentwood hit-and-run

Police: Driver arrested for fatal Brentwood hit-and-run

0:26
Police: Central Islip business cited for violation after State Liquor Authority investigation

Police: Central Islip business cited for violation after State Liquor Authority investigation

1:39
Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Almost Home Animal Rescue

4:39
Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

Guide: Ways to help you identify and deal with work burnout

1:49
Officials: Fire dispatcher's wife alerts him about blaze at their Centereach home

Officials: Fire dispatcher's wife alerts him about blaze at their Centereach home

0:32
State police: Trooper conducting traffic stop rear-ended on Meadowbrook State Parkway

State police: Trooper conducting traffic stop rear-ended on Meadowbrook State Parkway

0:24
Police: Car crashes onto guardrail, overturns on LIE in Brentwood; driver injured

Police: Car crashes onto guardrail, overturns on LIE in Brentwood; driver injured