All nonessential employees must work from home, by order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as the pandemic shows no signs of slowing in New York.
“This is the most drastic action we can take,” the governor said.
The number of new positive tests climbed to 7,102 statewide, and the death toll reached 35. Johns Hopkins University, which has been tallying deaths globally, put the state’s fatality count at 38.
Cuomo and the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut agreed during the past week to close all public venues including stadiums, concert halls, indoor malls, movie theaters and bowling alleys. Restaurants and bars are allowed to provide only takeout and delivery.
Cuomo today ordered barbershops and nail salons to shutter.
Businesses that violate his order to close will be subject to fines or forced closure, he said.
“This is not life as usual,” he said.
Nonessential gatherings of any size and for any reason are postponed or canceled. Cuomo also mandated that all New Yorkers should stay at least 6 feet away from others when they are outdoors.
Only essential businesses may have workers commuting to the job or be on the job, the governor said.
The rules take effect Sunday evening.
The executive order he plans to sign today tightens previous work-from-home rules, which exempted businesses providing certain services, including the news media, warehouses, grocery and food production facilities, pharmacies, health care providers, utilities and banks.
Cuomo said people can still go out for solitary exercise to protect their physical and mental health.
“You can’t say to someone, ‘You must be locked in your apartment 24 hours a day for the foreseeable future.’ Look what you’re saying to people. This could be going on for months,” he said.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press.