New York State Gets Serious About Virus Response, Shutters Non-Essential Businesses

The time for wishful thinking has come to an end for Andrew Cuomo.

The Empire State Governor has been toying with the idea of a statewide shutdown for several days, thanks to the continued threat posed by Covid-19.  Given the population density of New York City, this is a bit of a no-brainer for Cuomo.

“I want to be able to say to the people of New York — I did everything we could do,” Cuomo said. “And if everything we do saves just one life, I’ll be happy.”

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The restrictions take effect Sunday night at 8 p.m. and will:

  • Shut down all non-essential businesses across the state, leaving just grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential operations open
  • Ban all non-solitary outside activity, like outdoor basketball games and other team sports
  • Require all non-essential government and private sector employees work from home
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Laundromats and gas stations will be allowed to remain open, as will restaurants for take-out and delivery service. Cuomo said the MTA will continue to run the city subways and buses and the MetroNorth and Long Island railroads.

In times like these, Americans will need to come to grips with the concept of precaution over panic, and helpfulness instead of selfishness.  Without a concerted effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus, the length of time for which we will be affected will almost certainly increase.


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