4.16 COVID-19 Bulletin: NYS on PAUSE Executive Order Extended Until 5/15

UPDATE: NYS on PAUSE Executive Order Extended Until 5/15

Governor Cuomo extended his New York State PAUSE Executive Order today until at least May 15. As a result, all employees of non-essential business are required to continue to work from home until that time.  All schools in New York will also remain closed until at least May 15.

Additional guidance on the Governor’s extended Executive Order can be found HERE.

The list of businesses deemed essential and how to apply for a waiver can be found HERE.

The Governor is reminding New Yorkers to keep a six-foot distance from others when in public.  If people are unable to practice safe social distancing, they are now required to wear a mask or face covering when in public.

Despite the extension of the NYS on PAUSE Executive Order, Governor Cuomo is beginning to lay out a plan to reopen the economy in coordination with neighboring and nearby states.  While there is no established timeline, the Governor is discussing a phased approach that would begin after necessary public health goals are achieved, specifically around improved testing and tracing.  From there, businesses would be allowed to reopen based on essential level and risk of infection based on the following matrix.

As employers continue to think about the when and how of reopening their operations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of webinars to help.  Open to Buffalo Niagara Partnership members, you can lean more and register for the Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work series HERE.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to providing employers with the latest information and resources to help you deal with COVID-19 and its impact on our community, state and nation.  You can also visit our resource page – it is being regularly updated to provide you the most up-to-date information.

Given the fluidity of this situation, please feel free to reach out to us with questions at and even more importantly, if you are willing to share best practices.

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