Timeline of New York Executive Orders

Here are highlights of the Executive Orders Governor Cuomo has issued during the COVID-19 crisis.

DateExecutive Orders
March 7, 2020
 
No. 202
  • Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York in effect until September 7, 2020.
  • Temporary Suspension and Modification of the Education law to permit unlicensed individuals, upon completion of training deemed adequate by the Commissioner of Health, to collect throat or nasopharyngeal swab specimens from individuals suspected of being infected by COVID-19.
March 12, 2020No. 202.1
  • Cancels or postpones any large gathering or event for which attendance is anticipated to be in excess of five hundred people for a minimum of thirty days. 
  • Any place of business or public accommodation, and any gathering or event for which attendance is anticipated to be fewer than five hundred people, shall operate at no greater than 50% occupancy, and no greater than 50% of seating capacity.
  • Suspends laws and regulations to allow for expansion of services and temporary facilities for health and human service providers.
  • Suspends laws and regulations relating to child care to allow flexibility for providers while continuing to protect the health and safety of children.
  • Suspends regulations to prevent delays in providing home delivered meals and in providing services under the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program to older adults.
  • Suspends law to allow waiver of requirements necessary for apportionment of school aid.
  • Suspends laws and regulations relating to emergency procurement
  • Suspends law relating to appearances by defendants in court.
  • Suspends law relating to waiting periods for unemployment insurance claimants whose claims arise directly out of COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Suspends law allowing the attendance of meetings telephonically or other similar service:
  • Suspends law allowing residents of nursing homes to vote with modified visitor policies in place.
 March 14, 2020No. 202.2
  • Election Law temporarily suspended and otherwise altered to provide that due to the prevalence and community spread of COVID-19, temporary illness includes the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus for any election held on or before April 1, 2020; 
  • For any election held on or before April 1, 2020, there is no requirement for in-person signature or appearance to be able to access an absentee ballot; and deadlines to apply for such ballot modified to no later than March 23, 2020.
  • Requisite number of signatures on petitions are reduced.
March 16, 2020No. 202.3
  • Cancels or postpones large gatherings and events if more than fifty persons are expected in attendance, at any location in New York State. 
  • Any restaurant or bar in the state of New York must cease serving patrons food or beverage on-premises effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020, and until further notice can only serve food or beverage for off-premises consumption.
  • Any facility authorized to conduct video lottery gaming, or casino gaming must cease operation effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020.
  • All gym, fitness centers or classes, and movie theaters must also cease operation effective at 8 pm on March 16, 2020.
March 16, 2020
 
No. 202.4
  • Closure of every school in the state of New York no later than Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for a period of two weeks, ending April 1, 2020. School districts must develop a plan for alternative instructional options, distribution and availability of meals, and child care, with an emphasis on serving children of parents in the health care profession or first responders who are critical to the response effort.
  • Local government, effective March 17, 2020, must allow non-essential personnel to be able to work from home or take leave without charging accruals, except for those personnel essential to the locality’s response to the COVID-19 emergency. Such non-essential personnel shall total no less than fifty-percent (50%) of the total number of employees across the entire workforce. 
  • Restrictions on reporting to work for any state worker whose service is non-essential, or not required to support the COVID-19 response, are expanded to all counties in the State of New York. 
  • Village elections are postponed.
 March 18, 2020No. 202.5
  • Effective at 8 p.m. March 19, 2020, all indoor common portions of retail shopping malls with in excess of 100,000 square feet of retail space available for lease shall close and cease access to the public.
  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, aquariums, zoos, arcades, fairs, children’s play centers, funplexes, theme parks, bowling alleys, family and children’s attractions must be closed to the public at 8 p.m. on March 19. 
  • Village elections are postponed.
 March 18, 2020
 
No. 202.6
  • Effective on March 20 at 8 p.m.: All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer must reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 50% no later than March 20 at 8 p.m. Essential businesses are not subject to in-person restrictions.
  • Any other business may be deemed essential after requesting an opinion from the Empire State Development Corporation.
March 19, 2020No. 202.7
  • Notaries are authorized to utilize audio-video technology.
  • Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to members of the public.
  • Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. all businesses must utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer must reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 75% no later than March 21 at 8 p.m.
March 20, 2020No. 202.8
  • All businesses must utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer must reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 100% no later than March 22 at 8 p.m.
  • Suspension of evictions of any tenant residential or commercial and foreclosures of any residential or commercial property for a period of ninety days.
  • In-person appointments at the department of motor vehicles are cancelled; only on-line transactions will be permitted.
  • Authorizes the abatement of late filing and payment penalties for a period of sixty (60) days for taxpayers who are required to file returns and remit sales and use taxes by March 20, 2020.
March 21, 2020No. 202.9
  • Individuals or entities facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic may request a forbearance of payments for a mortgage.
  • Fees for the use of ATMs, overdraft fees and credit card late fees, may be restricted or modified.
 March 23, 2020No. 202.10
  • Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are canceled or postponed.
  • Healthcare facilities are authorized to allow students, in programs to become licensed in New York State to practice a healthcare professional, to volunteer at the healthcare facility for educational credit as if the student had secured a placement under a clinical affiliation agreement.
  • The Commissioner of Health is authorized an increase the number of beds available to patients.
  • No pharmacist can dispense hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine except when written as prescribed for an FDA-approved indication; or as part of a state approved clinical trial related to COVID-19 for a patient who has tested positive for COVID-19.   
 March 27, 2020No. 202.11
  • The directive contained in Executive Order 202.4 related to the closure of schools statewide is modified to provide that all schools will remain closed until April 15, 2020.
  • No pharmacist shall dispense hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine except when written: as prescribed for an FDA-approved indication.
  • Establishes that the operation of any facility or the occupancy of any space that violates the permissible number of gathered individuals is a violation of law.
March 28, 2020No. 202.12
  • Presidential primary and special elections are postponed.
  • One support person who does not have a fever may be in attendance at the time of labor/delivery to be present as a support person for a patient who is giving birth.
March 30, 2020No. 202.13
  • All in-person business restrictions are extended until April 15, 2020.
  • All previous Executive Orders are extended and in effect until April 15, 2020.
  • Elections and collection of petitions for office are postponed.
  • Non-essential construction businesses must comply with in-person workforce reduction.
  • The directive of Executive Order 202.12 requiring a support person for a patient giving birth is modified insofar as to cover labor, delivery as well as the immediate postpartum period.
April 7, 2020No. 202.14
  • Cancellation of all non-essential gatherings, school closures, in-person business restrictions and workplace restrictions extended to April 29, 2020.
  • The Department of Health may transfer any medical equipment and supplies not currently needed, to a facility in urgent need of such inventory.
  • The fine for violating social distancing restrictions is up to $1,000.
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April 9, 2020No. 202.15
  • Public hearings (government or school) postponed unless the convening public body or official is able to hold the public hearing remotely.
  • The Department of Taxation and Finance is authorized to accept digital signatures in lieu of handwritten signatures on documents related to the determination or collection of tax liability.
  • An absentee ballot can be granted based on temporary illness and must include the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus for any election held on or before June 23, 2020.
  • Solely for any election held on or before June 23, 2020, the Election Law is modified to allow for electronic application, with no requirement for in-person signature or appearance to be able to access an absentee ballot.
April 12, 2020No. 202.16
  • Effective April 15, 2020 at 8 p.m., all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace must be provided with and wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.
  • The New York City Department of Law will not issue no-action or no-filing letters received during the duration of this executive order within 45 days from submission of such no-action or no-filing application made to the department of law for essential projects involving affordable housing and homeless shelters.
  • Political caucuses postponed unless if the caucus can be held remotely.
April 15, 2020No. 202.17
  • The directive contained in Executive Order 202.16 related to issuance of no-action or no-filing letters is modified to require such letters be issued by the Attorney General.
  • Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.  
April 16, 2020202.18
  • All in-person business restrictions and workplace restrictions, cancellations of non-essential gatherings of any size and school closures are extended until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020.
  • Effective April 17, 2020 at 8 p.m., any person utilizing public or private transportation carriers or other for-hire vehicles, who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering, must wear a mask or face covering over the nose and mouth during any such trip; any person who is operating such public or private transport, must likewise wear a face covering or mask which covers the nose and mouth while there are any passengers in such vehicle.
  • Any nursing facility, nursing home, or adult care facility must notify family members or next of kin if any resident tests positive for COVID-19, or if any resident suffers a COVID-19 related death, within 24 hours of such positive test result or death.