The non profit New York Disaster Interfaith Services reiterates Governor Cuomo’s Guidance for ‘New York State on PAUSE’ plan in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This includes a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8p.m. on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size, for any reason.
Under the guidance, nonprofits, including houses of worship, their employees and volunteers are considered essential. However, while in transit, they must be carrying their organization or congregation’s staff photo-ID or letter on letterhead verifying they are essential personnel.
The Governor’s 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:
- Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide must close;
- Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
- Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
- When in public, individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
- Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
- Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
- Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
- Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
- Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
- Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes. (A press release from Peter Gudaitis of the New York Disaster Interfaith Services)