It took Gov. Andrew Cuomo just a day to change his mind and make it mandatory that now 75% of the workforce at non-essential businesses must not report for work outside of their homes. The action came as the number of cases in New York swelled to 4,152.
Essential services that are exempt from this requirement include banks, grocery and food production, healthcare providers, media, pharmacies, shipping, warehousing and utilities.
The requirement takes effect today, Friday, March 20th.
The state has already ordered bars and restaurants to limit operations to carryout and delivery services. Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, amusement parks, bowling alleys and the indoor shopping malls to close until further notice.
New York has the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Washington has the second-most with 1,182 cases — nearly 3,000 fewer than New York.
As the numbers increase, Cuomo reminded New Yorkers that it’s not an actual count of the cases in the state. He estimated that there are “thousands and thousands” of people who have the virus but haven’t been tested. He said there could be just as many people who had the virus and it resolved before testing commenced.
“We’re still testing because you want to find those positive cases, track them down, isolate people and stop the spread,” he said.