As of Friday, April 17th at 8 PM, New Yorkers will be mandated to wear a facemask in public when 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained. The Governor has not provided any details regarding penalties at this time, but is hoping this rule will be followed as statewide infection rates have flattened.
Other state news includes:
- Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th.
- An executive order directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
- NYS will conduct antibody tests prioritizing frontline workers beginning this week.
- A blueprint to un-PAUSE New York will be implemented in coordination with other regional states to get people back to work and ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus.
- Governor Cuomo and several northeast state Governors announced the creation of a multi-state council to restore the economy.
- New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Find testing site locations and hours or operation.
- New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.
- 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.