Issued By NYS Executive Order 202.8
Effective on March 22 at 8 p.m.:
All businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 100% no later than March 22 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions. Any business violating the above order shall be subject to enforcement as if this were a violation of an order pursuant to section 12 of the Public Health Law.
What are “Essential Services”?
Essential services include:
- 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
- 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
There shall be no enforcement of either an eviction of any tenant residential or commercial, or a foreclosure of any residential or commercial property for a period of ninety days.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Effective at 8 p.m. March 20, any appointment that is in-person at any state or county department of motor vehicles is cancelled, and until further notice, only online transactions will be permitted. All DMV offices are closed and road tests are suspended until further notice.
All licenses, non-driver IDs, and registrations with an expiration date of March 1, 2020 or later will be extended.
But aren’t I required to… ?
The authority of the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to abate late filing and payment penalties pursuant to section 1145 of the Tax Law is hereby expanded to also authorize abatement of interest, for a period of 60 days for a taxpayers who are required to file returns and remit sales and use taxes by March 20, 2020, for the sales tax quarterly period that ended February 29, 2020.
In accordance with the directive of the Chief Judge of the State to limit court operations to essential matters during the pendency of the COVID-19 health crisis, any specific time limit for the commencement, filing, or service of any legal action, notice, motion, or other process or proceeding, as prescribed by the procedural laws of the state, including but not limited to the criminal procedure law, the family court act, the civil practice law and rules, the court of claims act, the surrogate’s court procedure act, and the uniform court acts, or by any other statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or part thereof, is hereby tolled from March 20, 2020 until April 19, 2020.