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Cuomo Orders New York to Close Non-Essential Businesses as Wuhan Coronavirus Cases Top 7,000

Cuomo Orders New York to Close Non-Essential Businesses as Wuhan Coronavirus Cases Top 7,000

The businesses face civil fines if they do not comply with his order.

Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all non-essential businesses across the state to close to help slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

Cuomo said, “This is not life as usual. Deal with it.”

New York has over 7,000 cases. New York City has almost 4,500 cases.

The order does not affect hospitals, grocery stores, and pharmacies. Cuomo did not give a timeline, but mentioned it “could last for months.”

Cuomo demanded the 19 million residents to stay inside:

Even as he told New Yorkers to stay indoors, Mr. Cuomo added that if they did go out — whether to do essential shopping or to exercise — they must stay six feet away from each other.

His new policy bans “all nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.”

The governor also announced strict rules for people over 70 and those who have underlying illnesses, allowing them to go outside only for solitary exercise, requiring them to wear masks when in the company of others and barring them from visiting households with multiple people, among other requirements.

The businesses must close at 8 pm ET on Saturday. The order includes “barber shops, hair and nail salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, and other personal care businesses.” Cuomo already ordered “movie theaters, gyms and casinos to close and limited restaurants and bars to delivery and takeout service only.”

The businesses face civil fines if they do not comply with his order.

New York Public Library will also close all 92 branches “until further notice.”

New York state may only have 6% of the population of the U.S., but it “accounts for around half of the nationwide total of confirmed cases.”


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Not yet in Michigan, but I am not hopeful Governor Whitless won’t also do this as well. People need to start pushing back on this. Oh, and looting is a non-violent crime, right? Loot, get arrested, start looting again one hour later.

This guy supports closed borders? No? Please leave, Cuomo.

‘Non-essential?’ Who defines that? My business is very essential to me and my family.

Thanks, Cuomo, you friggin’ douche.

So much for the right of the people peaceably to assemble.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 20, 2020 at 2:23 pm

Can’t “We the People” use this as the reason to SHUT DOWN
the NEW YORK government CESSPOOL?

Apparently, liquor stores are essential in NY

healthguyfsu | March 20, 2020 at 2:43 pm

His messaging is not very good if even half of these quotes are true. I hope he just made a lot of soundbytes against his re-election.

Here in Houston, we have around 4MM in our metropolitan area, about half of NYC but only 89 confirmed cases where they have over 4K. NYC – what’s going on there?

    walls in reply to 94Corvette. | March 20, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Apparently a lot of flights came in from Iran, and Iran has a comparatively high infection rate. That’s what I read from one site. NYC has (3) large metro airports. Don’t know the current status of international flights.

    Barry in reply to 94Corvette. | March 20, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    It’s NYC, city of the world. Lot’s of visitors from China, Italy, Iran. Lot’s of infected visitors before it was understood.

waiting on them to try to order churchessynagogues and…this will be a biggie…mosques to be shut down for services.
have not seen anything yet, have seen some local churches here themselves cancelling services, but no government force closure.
the legal and physical battles could be fun to watch from afar…

    Milhouse in reply to dmacleo. | March 22, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Almost all synagogues in NYC are closed. The police went around on Wednesday warning them, and closing those that had more than 50 people or that were too crowded. But even most of those that were adhering to the rules have since decided to close.

    Milhouse in reply to dmacleo. | March 22, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Over the last week the epidemic has hit the Jewish community hard. The Jewish funeral homes are now backed up, which has never happened before.

Is the ACLU going to challenge this unconstitutional order? I have not heard that martial law has been imposed, but Cuomo seems to think it has.

    amwick in reply to Geologist. | March 20, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    This is what I wonder about. There is no criteria for a threat level, virus wise.. What if next year it is Covid-20?

    Milhouse in reply to Geologist. | March 22, 2020 at 3:56 am

    What do you think is unconstitutional about it? It seems to me that the state’s general police power is more than adequate to support this action.

    Martial law is irrelevant here, but it’s also simply not an option so long as the civilian court are able to operate.

Too bad the grandstanding governors, especially Fredo Sr., don’t react the same to American citizens being killed in large numbers by the illegal invaders. After all, dead is dead. We can’t have Americans being killed by a foreign Chinese virus …. but by 3rd-world invaders, well, that’s apparently OK.

I have to smile every time they mention grocery stores. Stay 6 feet away from others? Really? Has he ever even been in a really busy grocery store?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to txvet2. | March 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Even in the less busy grocery stores, no one is “socialism
    distancing” themselves.

    In short, an overwhelming number of Americans are NOT scares of this FAKE NEWS/DEMOCRAT-COMMUNIST PARTY Scam.

Why the F didn’t he do less disruptive measures 6 weeks ago? Six foot separation, effective handwashing (dot of soap, splash of water, dry off does not remove microbes) and quit touching yer snothole. Make your own test kits while the bureaucracy dithers, just issue a governor’s exec order. NYS has tons of labs and research facilities. That would have been enough if done sooner, other countries have done it. Nope, nope, nope, it’s “never waste a chance to have a crisis”

These reporters and politicians have never run a business. They seem to think that Trump can tell a company to make more masks and they will appear at the hospital that afternoon. Same with the military just jumping into action and building things.

If I was Trump, and already meeting with a lot of these CEOs, I would have already mentioned the need for certain items and ask them to figure out how they could adapt and work with each other. The announcement of the companies actually producing something should come when the factory is up and running and able to get something out. Otherwise, these fools would expect to see the new ventilator delivered tomorrow.

After all, most of the manufacturing jobs did go overseas. Those factories making clothes that could be switched to making face masks? They are probably in China, Vietnam, India, and other countries. OF course, Trump could just order all those ladies with Etsy ships to make face masks.

The story I liked was the small craft distilleries figuring out how to make hand sanitizer with their basic alcohol. One company came up with a formula, got it approved, and will make & donate the stuff.

Cuomo is quite the little fascist, isn’t he? How long till he demands we address him as Il Duce the second?

He and his crony government won’t have their pay stopped by his actions, yet he expects everyone to stand aside for his dictates.

Notice it is the most “liberal” states that push draconian measures without regard to the people it affects.

Compared to the Mayor of NYC the Gov of NY looks pretty good, though that’s a low hurdle. Caveat this based on national news reports. I live in EL Paso. Hope you folks in N.Y. are holding up and that you have a plan if things deteriorate.

JackinSilverSpring | March 20, 2020 at 6:08 pm

8300 cases, 42 deaths, for a mortality rate if 0.5%. The governor is insane because of all the economic destruction he’s causing.

And they all screamed bloody murder when PDJT halted flights from China. We all know PDJT isn’t a big believer in science right?

Took a break to read back and see how the media covered Trump’s 1/31 announcement barring entry into the U.S. from China and HOO BOY…

Many in the scientific community beclowned themselves because their hatred for Trump blinded them—and does to this day.

— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) March 19, 2020

Stuff at her twitter that I can’t get posted, click her link.

Here in WA and OR, they’ve closed bars, restaurants, salons, and barbershops. But not marijuana stores or massage parlors. LOL

BierceAmbrose | March 22, 2020 at 1:44 am

Downstate urbanite bias. Of course stay in if where you live what’s outside is more people.

Whey you live out where there’s space, what’s outdoors is more space. Also sun & fresh air that kill virus particles.


BierceAmbrose | March 22, 2020 at 1:46 am

Well,having ordered the people they serve to screw up their lives, maybe now Gov Soprano and crew will start figuring out what they can do to help.

I see tremendous response to “we need respiratorts” from, you know, people who actually make things.

BierceAmbrose | March 22, 2020 at 1:54 am

A lockdown or similar to slow a virus spreading is to essentially buy time. What might they do with that time.

Respirators would be good. Masks would be good.

If some known, available, cheap drugs seem to halve the time to clear the virus (in some cases), that would seem to reduce the load on the health care system. Maybe do some of that.

What can people do to not get the virus, or mitigate it’s migratingto the lungs? I know public health thinking is captured by shallow decision trees using bad statistics applied to what’s easily measured, but really…

— You’re esposed you get it? Doesn’t seem so. You’re seposed you *may* get it. What makes the difference?

— You get it, it heads for your lungs. Doesn’t seem so. You get it,it *may* head for your lungs. What makes the difference?

— It gets to your lungs, you die. Doesn’t seem so. Yes,indeed, intensive supportive care makes a difference …keeping people alive to fight it off. How about helping with the fight?

This whole thing has been addressed framing people as duplicate items in a statistical mass, with the least possible differences, or agency.

BierceAmbrose | March 22, 2020 at 1:57 am

It appears the FDA has approved a “rapid test.” (With apparently no intended irony.)

I wonder if The Overlords will modify their lockdown orders, so you can go about your life if you have a “He ain’t got it.” hall pass?