Cuomo: Non-essential businesses must have 75% of employees work from home

Updated: March 21, 2020 06:31 PM
Created: March 19, 2020 11:14 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened work-from-home rules Thursday as confirmed cases continued to climb in New York, an expected jump as testing becomes more widespread. 

Cuomo is requiring businesses in New York to decrease their in-office workforce by 75%, tightening a 50% restriction he announced Wednesday.

“That means 75% of the workforce must stay at home, and work from home,” he said.

The governor said his executive order exempts businesses providing essential services, including media, warehouses, grocery and food production facilities, pharmacies, health care providers, utilities and banks, and other industries critical to the supply chain. Click here for a full list of businesses and services the state deems essential.

New York has confirmed more than 4,000 cases statewide, which Cuomo said was driven by a dramatic increase in testing. New York has cumulatively tested 22,000 people, including more than 7,500 in the past day.

Click here for the list of essential businesses.

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