- Governor Cuomo directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks through April 29th.
- The state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.
- The USNS Comfort hospital ship will now be used for COVID-19 patients providing an additional 1,000 beds, staffed by federal personnel, to care for patients in New York.
- The state is partnering with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, to offer free meditation and mindfulness content for all New Yorkers at www.headspace.com/ny.
- The First Responders Fund has been created to assist COVID-19 health care workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care Donations can be made electronically at https://www.healthresearch.org/donation-form/ or by check sent to Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204. Please specify the donation is for "COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response."
- New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
- New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
- 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.
This guidance applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and steps to request such designation.
Support New York's response. New York State is doing all it can to keep New Yorkers safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. But we’re stronger if we all work together.
Even if you feel well, stay at home as much as possible. In public, keep at least 6 feet distance from others. Avoid unnecessary appointments.
Cover your cough and sneezes. Use your elbow or a tissue. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Take special caution to avoid exposing the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. Avoid visiting those most at risk, call instead. Offer help with groceries and other goods.