ALBANY – Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all NYS on Pause restrictions and closures will be extended until May 15, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced April 16. The action was taken in consultation with other regional states. The states will re-evaluate after this additional closure period.
This means that school districts buildings in the county will continue to be closed until at least May 15.
Governor Cuomo also directed all New Yorkers to wear masks or face coverings on public transportation systems and while taking private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. Additionally, all operators of public systems, private carriers and for-hire vehicles must wear a mask or face covering at all times while working. These directives expand on the April 15 Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Executive Order went into effect Friday, April 17.
“Unpausing New York and reopening our economy is going to be an ongoing process over the coming weeks that we’re working through with other states, but we have to do it in a way that doesn’t drive up the infection rate and create a second wave of the virus,” the Governor said in a press release. “We have shown that we can control the spread of the virus, but we can’t now undo all the progress we’ve made. As we continue to work on a regional plan to get people back to work and get businesses back up and running in a safe and responsible way, we are extending all NYS on Pause functions until May 15 in coordination with other states in our multi-state council because although we can control the beast, we need to get that infection rate down even more and we are not there yet.”