About NYS Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 “Stay at Home” Order (Executive Order 202.6)

March 20, 2020

On March 20, New York Governor Cuomo announced that all employees of non-essential businesses will be required to stay home, and as much as possible work from home, beginning Sunday, March 22 at 8pm.

However, this mandate does not apply to essential businesses. Employees of essential businesses - including all 1199SEIU hospital, nursing home, homecare, and CBO members - should continue to report for work.

We know you have all been working tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and we thank you for your continued commitment to the critical work you are doing to save lives. Please know that 1199SEIU is doing everything we can to make sure you have the tools, funding, and services you need to get through this difficult time.

Thank you.

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A brief list of what qualifies as an “essential business” is below. Click here for the full list.

Essential health care operations including:

                       o Research and laboratory services

                       o Hospitals

                       o Walk-in-care health facilities

                       o Emergency veterinary and livestock services

                       o Elder care

                       o Medical wholesale and distribution

                       o Home health care workers or aides for the elderly

                       o Doctor and emergency dental

                       o Nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities

                       o Medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers"

Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential                businesses including:

                       o Security

                       o Emergency management and response

                       o Building cleaners or janitors

                       o General maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor

                       o Disinfection