You are reading

Cuomo Extends New York City ‘PAUSE’ Order Until May 28

Photo By Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

May 15, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended New York state’s stay-at-home order for another two weeks.

The new PAUSE order–which was signed Thursday night–extends the existing May 15 stay-at-home requirement until May 28 for half of the state’s 10 regions, including New York City.

The PAUSE order has been in effect since March 22 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The decision means that only essential businesses in five of the state’s 10 regions are permitted to reopen– and all non-essential workers in those regions will be required to continue to work from home. The regions still subject to these requirements are New York City, Long Island, Western New York, the Capital District and the Mid Hudson.

The five other regions will begin phase one of their respective reopening today having met the state’s seven health-related requirements. These regions are Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley.

Photo: Courtesy Of Gov. Cuomo’s office

New York City has only met four of the state’s seven metrics required to begin phase one re-opening but is on the right track, Cuomo said.

“All the arrows are pointed in the right direction and now the question becomes focused on reopening – people have to get back to work and the state needs an economy – but we have to make sure we don’t reopen too soon,” Cuomo said Thursday.

To meet the state’s threshold, a region must show a decline in hospitalizations and deaths over a 14 day period. A region must also have at least 30 percent of both hospital beds and ICU beds available and must also have sufficient levels of diagnostic and contact tracing capacity.

Cuomo said the state will continue to monitor the benchmarks before allowing the test of the state to reopen.

“We are doing this in a calibrated way and monitoring the data, facts and metrics every single day and using the lessons we’ve learned from others who have already gone through this,” Cuomo said.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

College Point building inspector criminally charged with taking bribes to close complaints: DA

A College Point man who works as an inspector at the city’s Department of Buildings is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for overlooking potential violations at various Queens locations on multiple occasions since January 2023.

Zabihullah Ibrahimi, 42, of 22nd Avenue, was arraigned Thursday in Queens Criminal Court on bribery and official misconduct charges for taking cash from homeowners and then closing complaints about their property. In one case, he allegedly asked for $3,500 from a property owner and, when she said she had no cash, he directed her to go to a bank and get it while he waited at her home, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

Op-ed: An urgent call for revising NY’s criminal justice reforms to protect public safety

Apr. 11, 2024 By Council Member Robert Holden

In 2019, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a controversial overhaul of New York’s criminal justice system by enacting several laws, including cashless bail and sweeping changes to discovery laws. Simultaneously, the New York City Council passed laws that compounded these challenges, notably the elimination of punitive segregation in city jails and qualified immunity for police officers. These actions have collectively undermined public safety and constrained law enforcement effectiveness.