Covid-19: Non-essential employees must stay home, gatherings banned in New York

Albany - New York state has more than 5,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.


Published: Fri 20 Mar 2020, 6:55 PM

Last updated: Fri 20 Mar 2020, 9:14 PM

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is ordering all workers in non-essential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide.
"Only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job," Cuomo said of an executive order he will sign Friday.
Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed, Cuomo said.
Here's a look at how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting New York.
No hair cut or personal care services
Barbershops, hair salons, tattoo and piercing parlors and nail salons in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania must close Saturday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governors of the four states said.
The multi-state order, which also covers hair removal services and related personal care services, is the latest in a series of business restrictions announced by the governors to reduce chances for the virus to spread from person to person.
The businesses must close by 8pm on Saturday.
New York state has more than 5,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 38 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
"These temporary closures are not going to be easy, but they are necessary to protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers and all Americans," Cuomo said in a statement.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.

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