New York and other East Coast states extend shutdown of nonessential businesses to May 15, Gov. Cuomo says

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (D) speaking at a press Conference at the State Capitol.

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New York and other East Coast states are extending their shutdown of nonessential businesses to May 15 as officials grapple with how to reopen parts of the economy without leading to a resurgence in coronavirus cases, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

Cuomo announced the news at a press conference in Albany and via Twitter, saying “New York on PAUSE” will be extended in coordination with other states.  

“We have to continue doing what we’re doing. I’d like to see that infection rate get down even more. The New York Pause policies, the close-down policies, will be extended in coordination with other states to May 15,” Cuomo said. The lockdown was previously scheduled to lift on April 30. 

He reiterated his plans to work with other governors on a coordinated plan to gradually reopen commerce in the region. Cuomo is leading a working group of seven governors from the Northeast, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Delaware, who are coordinating their response to the pandemic. 

“I need a coordinated action plan with the other states. So, one month, we’ll continue the close-down policies. What happens after then? I don’t know. We will see what the data shows,” Cuomo said. “I don’t want to project beyond that period.”

Cuomo didn’t specify if all or just some of those states will join in extending statewide quarantines. Coordinating with the other states doesn’t mean they’ll always be in lock step, he said, “but we’ll talk through everything first and hopefully we’re not doing something that’s contradictory to another state at a minimum.”

 This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

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