March 19, 2020
ALBANY, NY – Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order mandating businesses that rely on in-office personnel to decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent. This follows the Governor’s directive yesterday that all businesses implement work-from-home policies. Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.
Governor Cuomo: “We said voluntary work from home, mandatory closing of schools statewide, mandatory of state and local workforce, mandatory tri-state agreement on bars, restaurants, and gyms. Mandatory in-office workforce cut by 50%. We said that yesterday. The numbers have gone up overnight. I’m going to increase the density control today. No more than 25% of people can be in the workforce. Yesterday was 50%, we’re reducing it again, except the essential services that we spoke about yesterday. That means 75% of the workforce must stay at home and work from home. Again, voluntarily, I’m asking all businesses to have people work from home. As a mandate, 75% of your employee base must work from home.”