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Posted on: March 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Andrew M. Cuomo



Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he is signing the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22. Guidance on essential services under the executive order is as follows:


ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction.


(Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).


This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development and 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. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the restrictions. 


For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, "Essential Business," means:


1. Essential Health Care Operations, Including:

         research and laboratory services


         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


         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


         medical equipment/instruments


         sanitary products




         household paper products


4. Essential Retail, Including:

         grocery stores including all food and beverage stores


         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


         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:





         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


         emergency management and response

         building cleaners or janitors

         general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor

         automotive repair



12. Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services:


         technology support for online services

         child care programs and services

         government owned or leased buildings

         essential government services


If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business.


Houses of worship are not ordered closed however it is strongly recommended no congregate services be held and social distance maintained. 


Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.


Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.


To request designation as an essential business, please click here.


Restrictions on requesting designation as an essential business:

         Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (i.e. gas station) has been deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an essential business.

         Businesses ordered to close on Monday, March 15, 2020 under the restrictions on any gathering with 50 or more participants, including but not limited to, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, and physical fitness centers, are presumed to be compliant with NYS issued restrictions and must remain closed and are not eligible for designation as an essential business for purposes of this guidance. 


For Guidance on cleaning and disinfection of facilities, refer to the New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID -19 at: _general_building.pdf.


For further information: New York State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Webpage


Center for Disease Control and Prevention Webpage:


Local health department contact information can be found at:

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