(story updated 4:30 pm)
Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order shutting down 100% of the state’s nonessential workforce and banning all unnecessary travel, which officially takes effect on Sunday (March 22) evening.
Homer Mayor Hal McCabe confirmed the news to WXHC from Albany this morning, prior to an official release from the governor’s office.
The newest order also mandates all residents to stay home and avoid going outside at all costs, with specific exceptions made for vulnerable and non-vulnerable populations.
Those considered vulnerable (anyone 70 and older or who has some a compromised immune system) are to remain indoors except for periods of outdoor exercise, which must be done in solitary.
Anyone visiting someone deemed vulnerable must also be pre-screened beforehand and anyone present should be wearing a protective mask – which the vulnerable person should be wearing at all times.
Additionally, vulnerable persons should not visit any households with multiple people inside.
Six feet of personal space needs to be maintained at all times, regardless of vulnerability, in accordance with the state’s social distancing mandate. Use of public transit should also be limited.
As for the rest of the population, all social gatherings and non-essential groups of any kind outside the homeplace are now prohibited.
Outdoor recreational activities should be limited and be done in solitary to avoid any contact with others.
Essential business and first responders will still be operating and people will be allowed to go outside for food/grocery shopping, emergencies, medical appointments, etc. Food delivery will also continue running.
Cuomo underscored the order is not a “shelter in place” policy, which refers to active shooter situations.
He instead referred to it as “closing the valve” on the everyday lives of New Yorkers in a forceful attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 across the state.
The newest restriction comes just a day after California employed similar measures.
Stay tuned with WXHC as we get more details on this developing story.