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Governor Cuomo Orders All Non-Essential Businesses Shuttered. What is Essential?

Executive order 202.6 further clarifies Governor Cuomo’s New York State “pause,” for the purpose of delineating precisely which types of businesses shall be able to remain open with an in-person workforce.

Here are the guidelines:

As of March 22, 2020 at 8 PM, all for-profit and not-for-profit employers (not counting state and local governments) must reduce the in-person workforce at each and every business location where work is performed by 100%. That means that, effectively, all non-essential business locations are closer as of tomorrow evening.

Essential businesses are exempt from this closure order. A business preforming operations that are both essential and non-essential must stop all non-essential services. Please note that employees may continue to work from home, regardless of exception status, however all rules regarding assemblies of groups must be observed.

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Here’s what’s considered essential (verbatim from the executive order):

1. Essential health care operations including:

⚬  research and laboratory services
⚬  hospitals
⚬  walk-in-care health facilities
⚬  emergency veterinary and livestock services
⚬  elder care
⚬  medical wholesale and distribution
⚬  home health care workers or aides for the elderly
⚬  doctor and emergency dental
⚬  nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
⚬  medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers

2. Essential infrastructure including:

⚬  utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
⚬  public water and wastewater
⚬  telecommunications and data centers
⚬  airports/airlines
⚬  transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
⚬  hotels, and places of accommodation

3. Essential manufacturing including:

⚬  food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
⚬  chemicals
⚬  medical equipment/instruments
⚬  pharmaceuticals
⚬  sanitary products
⚬  telecommunications
⚬  microelectronics/semi-conductor
⚬  agriculture/farms
⚬  household paper products

4. Essential retail including:

⚬  grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
⚬  pharmacies
⚬  convenience stores
⚬  farmer’s markets
⚬  gas stations
⚬  restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
⚬  hardware and building material stores

5. Essential services including:

⚬  trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
⚬  mail and shipping services
⚬  laundromats
⚬  building cleaning and maintenance
⚬  child care services
⚬  auto repair
⚬  warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
⚬  funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
⚬  storage for essential businesses
⚬  animal shelters

6. News media

7. Financial Institutions including:

⚬  banks
⚬  insurance
⚬  payroll
⚬  accounting
⚬  services related to financial markets

8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including:

⚬  homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
⚬  food banks
⚬  human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support

9. Construction including:

⚬  skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
⚬  other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

10. Defense:

⚬  defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses including:

⚬  law enforcement
⚬  fire prevention and response
⚬  building code enforcement
⚬  security
⚬  emergency management and response
⚬  building cleaners or janitors
⚬  general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
⚬  automotive repair
⚬  disinfection

12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services:

⚬  logistics
⚬  technology support for online services
⚬  child care programs and services
⚬  government owned or leased buildings
⚬  essential government services

* Houses of Worship are NOT ordered closed, however, maintaining social distancing remains crucial.

If you are interested in an exemption for your business because you believe that it’s performing essential services in the community, there is a way to request an exemption. This is only necessary if your business does not fall into any of the above categories. To do so, please CLICK HERE.


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