Governor Cuomo announced today that 100% of the non-essential workforce need to stay home to help "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus pandemic.

So, that's brought up a lot of questions as to what businesses and employees are essential and non-essential. It's kinda vague isn't it?

Hopefully, this helps. According to Governor Cuomo's Executive Order #202.6 this is a list of essential businesses and workers.

Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions. This includes essential health care operations including research and laboratory services; essential infrastructure including utilities, telecommunication, airports and transportation infrastructure; essential manufacturing, including food processing and pharmaceuticals; essential retail including grocery stores and pharmacies; essential services including trash collection, mail, and shipping services; news media;  banks and related financial institutions; providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations; construction; vendors of essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses;  vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public; 

In addition, any other business may be deemed essential after requesting an opinion from the Empire State Development Corporation.

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