N.Y. Gov. Cuomo issues ‘Stay At Home’ order

FILE – In this Friday, March 13, 2020, file photo, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at a COVID-19 coronavirus infection testing facility at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

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UPDATED 1:05 PM PT — Friday, March 20, 2020

The governor of New York has issued a sweeping ‘Stay At Home’ order for some workers in the Empire State. During Friday’s news conference, Andrew Cuomo announced he’s imposing a 100 percent workforce reduction declaration, which will keep non-essential businesses closed.

The order will exempt critical services, including pharmacies, grocery stores and communications workers.

Customers wait in line while wearing protective face masks due to COVID-19 concerns outside a Whole Foods supermarket on 6th Avenue, Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The governor acknowledged that the tougher restrictions would impact many employees statewide. He has said he will accept any blame or criticism from the New York’s residents, who will be greatly affected by this new measure.

“There will be civil fines, and there can be mandatory closures for business that don’t comply. I am not kidding about this. The numbers are going up at such a rate that, as I said, it’s more than double the capacity of the hospital system, it’s more than triple capacity of the ICU system. We can’t get more ventilators, I can’t increase that side of the equation. The only option available to us is to reduce the spread and the rate of the spread.” – Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

He emphasized anybody over age 70 will be required to stay indoors at all times, except for solitary exercise.

An MTA employee sanitizes surfaces at the CLasson Ave. and Lafayette Ave. subway station with bleach solutions due to COVID-19 concerns, Friday, March 20, 2020, in the Brooklyn Borough in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

This came after the state reported over 7,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week.

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