Pausing New York State: Shutting Down All Nonessential Businesses to Combat COVID-19


On Saturday, March 21, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.8 (EO 202.8) requiring all nonessential employees to stay home, effective at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020, through April 19, 2020. Any business not in compliance with the order is subject to civil fines and mandatory closures. There will also be restrictions placed on civilians, though specific enforcement measures for those provisions have not been specified. Colleagues Brian E. Finch and Amanda G. Halter summarize the terms under EO 202.8 in the alert “New York State on PAUSE: New York State Shuts Down All Nonessential Businesses to Combat COVID-19.”