New York State Directives and Information

Posted here are highlights from the Governor's Daily press conferences and new directives issued for the State of New York.


Regional Phased Re-opening:

The State has launched a Regional Monitoring Dashboard to show where each region in New York State stands with re-opening. The State’s regional monitoring dashboard can be found here.


As of May 21, 2020 (Most Recent):

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that summer school instruction will happen through distance learning, but meal programs and child-care services for children of essential workers will continue. The Sales Tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22, 2020. There are currently 157 reported cases of the Covid-related syndrome infecting children that are being investigated by the State. Rockland County is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care. Any New Yorkers who believe their employer is not following re-opening guidelines are encouraged to call the Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.


As of May 20, 2020:

Religious gatherings of 10 people and parking lot services are allowed statewide starting May 21st. All participants must wear masks and adhere to social distancing measures. The State is working with the Interfaith Advisory Council to discuss how to bring religious services back safely.


As of May 19, 2020:

A collaboration with the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State has implemented a two-week pilot program that will allow for increased visitations for family members and loved ones of hospital patients.All visitors must wear provided PPE and are subject to symptom and temperature checks. The Governor also announced that Memorial Day ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 10 people in attendance statewide, however the final decisions will be made by local government officials. The Capital Region is now the seventh region in NY that is eligible to re-open.Nassau County is now the 50th county that is allowed to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care.


As of May 18, 2020:

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that international experts will help advise New York’s re-opening plan. “Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Samir Bhatt, Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London will work with the state to provide technical advice and analyze data/metrics throughout the state's reopening process and help track the state's progress.”


As of May 17, 2020:

New York State has doubled testing capacity bring the number of tests per day to 40,000. The State now has more than 700 testing sites and now all workers who are returning to the workforce under phase one are eligible for testing.


As of May 16, 2020:

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the State’s horse racing tracks and the Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans on June 1st.He also announced that elective surgeries and ambulatory care may resume in Westchester and Suffolk Counties, making the total number of counties eligible to resume elective surgeries 49.


As of May 15, 2020:

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the five regions in New York that have hit all metrics, the Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions, may begin reopening today. The rest of the regions that have not yet hit the seven metrics will remain on PAUSE until May 28. Once a region hits all seven metrics they may immediately begin phase one of re-opening.The Governor also released additional protocols for businesses as they re-open in phase one, as well as a multi-state agreement with New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware on guidelines for re-opening beaches for Memorial Day weekend.For information on both of those set of guidelines click here.


As of May 14, 2020:

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State was the first in the nation to issue criteria to healthcare professionals regarding the covid-19 related inflammatory illness that is infecting young children.The criteria establishes a new name for the syndrome, pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, as well as a definition of the symptoms are.There are currently 110 reported cases in New York. Fr a list of the symptoms and more information on the virus click here or visit the NYS Department of Health's page.


As of May 13, 2020:

Today, the North Country region has hit all seven metrics for re-opening and will begin phase one. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the Central New York region has met six of the seven metrics and may open hit the seventh metric at the end of the week. The Governor also announced the results of the state's antibody testing survey of 2,750 members of the New York State Police Show 3.1 percent of the members have COVID-19 antibodies. Additionally, results of the state's antibody testing survey of approximately 3,000 members of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision show 7.5 percent of members have COVID-19 antibodies.


As of May 11, 2020:

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that three regions (Finger Lakes, Southern Tier & Mohawk Valley Regions) have met the 7 metrics for re-opening and will begin the first phase, which includes construction, manufacturing, retail for curbside pickup, & agriculture, forestry & fishing, on May 15.The Governor also released his “NY Forward” plan, to view the plan click here.


As of May 10, 2020:

Governor Andrew Cuomo has said today that the State is investigating 85 reported cases of children with a possibly Covid-19 related syndrome. Three children in New York have succumbed to the illness and two additional deaths potentially associated with the illness are being investigated. The Governor also announced a proposed law called the “American First Law” which states that a corporation cannot be eligible to receive government funding if it does not rehire the same number of employees that the corporation had pre-pandemic. Additionally, the Governor issued an Executive order that mandates all nursing home and adult care facilities test staff for Covid-19 two times a week.


As of May 9, 2020:

Governor Cuomo announced today that New York State is partnering with Northwell Health to create 24 temporary testing sites at churches in predominately minority communities as diagnostic and antibody testing surveys showed that low-income and minority communities are the most impacted by the virus. Preliminary results of the state’s antibody testing, which tested 1,300 transit workers in NYC, showed that 14.2% of workers have Covid-19 antibodies.


As of May 8, 2020:

New York State will change the window for victims to file otherwise time-barred cases under the Child Victims Act from August 14, 2020 to January 14, 2021.


As of May 7, 2020:

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the moratorium on Covid related residential or commercial evictions will be extended to August 20th. The state’s antibody testing survey of health care workers shows that of the 27,000 downstate employees 6.8% of health care workers in Westchester County, 12,2% of New York City health care workers, and 11.1% of Long Island health care workers tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies.


As of May 6, 2020:

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that Schmidt Futures, led by Eric Schmidt, will help integrate New York State practices and systems with the best advanced technology tools to improve telehealth and broadband access.


As of May 5, 2020:

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering to develop a blueprint for reimagining K-12 education, including how to use technology to provide education opportunities to more students regardless of education.


As of May 4, 2020:

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today the “four core factors” that will determine when a region can re-open. The factors include number of new infections, health care capacity, diagnostic testing capacity and contact tracing capacity. The Governor also released an outline of safety precautions that businesses must follow when they re-open.For more details on the four re-opening factors and the safety precautions for businesses click here.

The Governor also announced that the enrollment period for the NY State of Health Health Plan Marketplace will continue through June 15, 2020.


As of May 3, 2020:

A multi-state regional supply chain has been developed for PPE, medical equipment and testing. The supply chain was announced today by Governor Andrew Cuomo with Governors from New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.


As of May 2, 2020:

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the results of the state’s antibody testing study. The study shows that 12.3 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies, with 11.4% of Long Islanders testing positive for antibodies. The state will also distribute over seven million cloth masks to at risk and essential workers in New York, including NYCHA residents, farm workers, vulnerable populations, homeless shelters, elderly New Yorkers and those in nursing homes, faith-based organizations and food banks, and grocery stores. The Governor also announced the state will be giving $25 million to food banks in New York with $1.6 million going to the Long Island region.


As of May 1, 2020:

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that K-12 will remain closed through the rest of the school year. The Governor has directed schools and colleges to create plans for re-opening that will monitor the spread of Covid-19 and student health and safety to be reviewed by the state. State Department of Financial Services will require New York State-regulated health insurers to waive cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, for in-network mental health services for New York's frontline essential workers during COVID-19.


As of April 30, 2020:

New York will begin the nation-leading contact tracing pilot program in partnership with Mayor Mike Bloomberg in the coming weeks through the next flu season.The program will be coordinated with New Jersey and Connecticut. The program will include 30 contract tracers for every 100,000 individuals, which will have 17,000 tracers throughout the state.


As of April 29, 2020:

New York State is Now Conducting Average of 30,000 Diagnostic Tests Per Day. Results of FDNY and NYPD Antibody Testing Study Show 17.1 Percent of FDNY and 10.5 Percent of NYPD Have Antibodies. State is Expanding Antibody Testing Today for 1,000 Transit Workers. Directs MTA to Issue Full Plan by Tomorrow on How to Clean and Disinfect Every Train, Every Night. Over the course of the next few weeks, the state will work with the federal government to double the state’s testing capacity 40,000 tests per day


As of April 28, 2020:

Governor announced NYS Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board to oversee the state’s re-opening strategy chaired by Former Secretaries to the Governor Steve Cohen and Bill Mulrow. Over 100 business, community and civic leaders throughout the state are on the Advisory Board.


As of April 27, 2020 (Most Recent Information):

Governor Cuomo has announced the plan for how NYS will begin to Un-PAUSE in coordination with neighboring states. Re-opening will begin on May 15 for portions of the state in phases and re-opening is dependent on the region's hospitalization rates as per CDC guidelines. Once a region experiences a 14-day decline in hospitalizations it can begin the phased re-opening. Each phase will be implemented for two weeks before the next phase of the plan will occur, with the first phase being construction and manufacturing jobs. For a list of each phase click here.


The Governor announced that the state is expanding antibody testing to 1,000 FDNY, 1,000 NYPD officers, 3,000 health care workers and over 1,000 transit workers to help to determine the spread amongst these workers. NYS had expanded diagnostic testing criteria to include all first responders, health care workers and essential employees even if they aren't symptomatic on Saturday. These individuals will be tested at drive through facilities, including at the five new locations in Monroe, Erie, Broome, Niagara and Oneida Counties.


The state has tested 7,500 New Yorkers as of today. Phase 2 of the state's antibody testing shows that show 14.9 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies. This is a 1 percent increase from the results of phase one which showed 13.9 percent of the population having COVID-19 antibodies.


As of April 17, 2020:


Governor Cuomo announced an executive order directing all NYS public and private labs to coordinate with DOH to prioritize diagnostic testing as part of the un-PAUSE blueprint for the re-opening of New York.

The Governor also announced the launching of an awareness campaign encouraging low-income New Yorkers to claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act if they did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return.

To learn more visit the Department of Taxation and Finance website.


As of April 16, 2020:


Governor Cuomo has extended New York State on Pause until May 15, 2020. From now through May 15, schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed.


Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.


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As of March 21, 2020


New York State on PAUSE: In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone


Governor Cuomo will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of the workforce must stay home beginning Sunday, March 22 at 8PM, excluding essential services. All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned. Click here for the latest guidance.


Enacting Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems


Remain indoors


Can go outside for solitary exercise


Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature


Wear a mask in the company of others


Stay at least 6 feet from others


Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary


All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00PM.


New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.


Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.


As of March 20, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed all nonessential workers to stay home to control the spread of coronavirus. This new directive is effective 3/22 at 8 PM. What is a nonessential worker? Click here for the latest guidance.


He has also ordered that nonessential businesses, such as barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 PM.

Link to NYS Information


As of March 19, 2020


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent.


Exemptions from the order will include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.


The Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus.


Retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys to close by 8 PM Thursday in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.Governor Cuomo signed the bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus.


Governor Cuomo signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18 for two weeks ending April 1.


Casinos, gyms, theaters are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local and county parks.


Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.


As of March 18, 2020


Governor Cuomo will issue an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20.


Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James today announced that — effective immediately — the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.


Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent. Exemptions from the order will include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.


Any village election set to be held March 18, 2020 shall be postponed and any elected official holding such position shall remain in office until such time as a new election is held.


Retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys to close by 8 PM Thursday in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.


The USNS Comfort, a 1,000 bed hospital ship, will be deployed to New York harbor to increase New York's hospital surge capacity.


The Governor and Legislature have an agreement on a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus.


Governor Cuomo signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18 for two weeks ending April 1.


Casinos, gyms, theaters are closed until further notice.


Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.


All local governments must reduce their workforce by at least 50%. Non-essential state workers are working from home.


New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local and county parks.


COVID-19 Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.


New York State has past a large number of new directives for the general public, schools and places of work in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.


Please visit the New York State website for regularly updated information.





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As of March 17, 2020 at 10:25 am, Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated that there are no plans to quarantine NYC, but dramatic closings are being considered in order to contain the spread.


Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking for retired doctors and nurses to help assist in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are a retired healthcare professional and are willing and able to come out of retirement to assist in the State's efforts visit this page.



As of March 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm, Governor Andrew Cuomo has put the following measures in place across the state:

  1. Gatherings are limited to 50 people

  2. All gyms, movie theaters, and casinos are closed

  3. Restaurants and bars will be open for takeout and delivery ONLY

  4. All state, county, and local park fees have been waived





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