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What Is the New York State on PAUSE Order?

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NYC administrative law attorneysGovernor Cuomo extended the New York State on PAUSE executive order for an additional two weeks, until April 15. At that time, the COVID-19 pandemic in New York will be re-evaluated to determine if the order should continue. During this challenging time for everyone, it is important to understand the guidelines of the PAUSE order and make sure that you and businesses you work for, know about, or own remain in compliance to protect everyone’s safety. If not, there could be administrative consequences. 

The 10 Points of New York State on PAUSE

As of Sunday night, March 29, 2020, nearly 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus in New York. With cases of the disease at that time in the state hovering around 60,000, more than half of which are in New York City, it is even more critical for people to follow proper safety precautions.

The New York State on PAUSE order went into effect on the evening of Sunday, March 22. Here is a brief summary of the safety guidelines from this order that must be followed:

  • Non-essential businesses must be closed.
  • Non-essential gatherings of individuals must be canceled or postponed.
  • Concentrations of people in public must be limited to essential workers practicing social distancing of at least six feet.
  • People who must go into public to receive essential services or products must also abide by the social distancing guidelines of at least six feet of separation from other people.
  • Organizations and businesses providing essential services must implement policies and practices that enable proper social distancing.
  • Outdoor recreational activities should be limited to non-contact.
  • People must avoid public transportation unless it is absolutely necessary, in which case they need to stay six feet away from each other.
  • People who are sick should stay home unless directed by a doctor via tele-appointments to visit a healthcare facility.
  • Young people need to also practice social distancing and must avoid contact with those who are more vulnerable to the disease.
  • Everyone should practice appropriate sanitization procedures.

While penalties for individuals failing to abide by this order have yet to be enforced, businesses have already seen the consequences of not following the order. For instance, last Friday, March 27, two establishments that had remained open for in-person business, one in Clarence and one in Buffalo, were issued close orders by the Erie County Department of Health.

Contact a Manhattan Administrative Law Attorney

If you are facing consequences for an alleged violation of the New York State on PAUSE executive order, you need the assistance of a knowledgeable New York professional license and permit lawyer who can help you navigate the complex nature of administrative law. By calling Joey Jackson Law, PLLC, at 833-563-9522 or 833-JOEY-JAC, you can get the legal guidance you need in this difficult time.

 

Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/nyregion/coronavirus-nyc.html

https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-coronavirus-update-cuomo-extends-stay-home-order-through-april-15-we-have-made-it-1494911

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-new-york-state-pause-executive-order

https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2020/03/28/140742/erie-county-issues-close-orders-for-2-establishments-said-to-be-violating-pause-order

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

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