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Here's what a 'stay home' order means for New York

Governors in New York and Connecticut tell residents to mostly stay indoors, and New Jersey’s is set to follow. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York has ordered the shutdown of all non-essential businesses in the state, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases surged above 7,000. Except for essential services, all New Yorkers are now ordered to stay indoors from 8pm Sunday evening.
Cuomo called the new measures the “ultimate step” to curb the outbreak. “These provisions will be enforced. These are not helpful hints. This is not if you really want to be a great citizen. These are legal provisions,” he said at a briefing on Friday morning in Albany, the state’s capital. “We need everyone to be safe; otherwise, no one can be safe.”
The governor also announced a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.

Can New Yorkers go outside

Yes. Although New Yorkers are strongly encouraged to stay indoors and public gatherings are limited, they can still go to the grocery store, hospital or doctor’s office, walk their dogs or even head to the laundromat. That’s simply because state officials have determined these activities are essential.
Although residents are still allowed to enjoy the outdoors, the governor reminded them to use common sense in maintaining social distance. New york News
“Outdoor recreation is a solitary recreational exercise. It’s running. It’s hiking,” he said. “It’s not playing basketball with five other people.”
Only professionals in industries also deemed essential during the outbreak will be permitted to go back and forth from their jobs. Residents working in healthcare, sanitation, food services, law enforcement as well as gas stations and laundromats won’t see specific limitations on their movement. New York Medical News
All non-essential businesses have been ordered closed, however, after state officials increasingly demanded staff reductions. Previously capped at groups of 50, non-essential gatherings of New Yorkers of any size, for any reason, are now banned.

Home Arrest happens if residents

Cuomo announced that the mandate applies to all individuals and business in the state. But it’s important to note the measure stops short of being a so-called shelter-in-place order, which is intended for mass shootings. New York Political News
In contrast, California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, issued an order mandating residents shelter-in-place earlier this week, although Cuomo on Friday said California was no longer officially using that term.
However, unlike New York’s regulations, California’s mandate is enforceable as a misdemeanor crime, and demands sheriffs and police chiefs “ensure compliance with and enforce this order”.
In New York “the violation of any provision of its order constitutes an imminent threat and creates an immediate menace to public health”, the mandate states.
Any businesses violating the order would be fined and forced to close. New York Distribution Service

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