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‘NYS on Pause’ order extended by at least 2 weeks

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Governor Cuomo yesterday announced a two-week extension of the “NYS on Pause” executive order, directing nonessential workforce to continue staying or working from home through at least April 15.

The announcement followed a new travel order issued Friday by President Trump and the CDC for the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Cuomo assured residents “this is not a lockdown” and that nothing will change from what’s currently in place statewide.

“It’s nothing that we haven’t been doing,” Cuomo said at yesterday’s press briefing in Albany. “Nonessential workers should continue staying home and I support what the president did because it affirms what we’re already doing here in New York.”

The governor also said a new simpler, less invasive coronavirus test was developed at Wadsworth Lab that will begin distribution this week.

His newest executive order also allows schools to host day care service free of charge, and the state’s pharmacies have also agreed to offer free home delivery.

On Saturday,  Cuomo also directed the State Tax Commissioner to postpone the April 15 deadline for filing individual and corporate tax returns.

That’s been extended three months to now July 15. Taxpayers may defer all related tax payments until this date without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed.

Additionally, New York’s Presidential Primary date has been pushed back from April 25 to June 23, aligning it with the state’s congressional and legislative primaries.

An updated order issued Friday also halted all non-essential construction statewide, with exceptions made only for “emergency construction” projects like those preserving the health and safety of occupants or that would otherwise be unsafe to leave unfinished.

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