Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced he is extending the “New York State on PAUSE” mandate until May 15, as he wants to see the COVID-19 infection rate lower before he reopens schools and businesses.
He tweeted, “New York on PAUSE will be extended in coordination with other states to May 15. Non-essential workers must continue to stay home. Social distancing rules remain in place. We must STAY THE COURSE.”
Cuomo also tweeted, “Our strategy for reopening New York and bringing people out of their home at the appropriate time:
1) Do no harm: Control the rate of infection
2) Surge/flex: Strengthen the healthcare system
3) Test/trace: Need federal partnership
4) Phased return — not all at once
In terms of people wearing face masks, the governor tweeted, “You MUST wear a face covering or mask: -On public transportation -In for-hire vehicles If you are a bus/train operator or a driver of a for-hire vehicle, you must also wear a face covering or mask. These rules go into effect on Friday at 8PM.”
More details to come.