Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that New York state’s shutdown will remain in effect until at least April 29. This means that businesses deemed non-essential and schools will stay closed.
Cuomo’s stay-at-home order, New York State on PAUSE, started on March 22 to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It was later extended to April 15. The governor has said that he will continually re-evaluate the status of the pause every two weeks.
“Public health is our first concern,” he wrote on Twitter.
New York, an epicenter of the COVID-19 spread in the nation, may be entering its apex of the infection, the governor said on Monday.
“The number of deaths has been effectively flat for two days,” he said at his briefing in Albany.
Here are the number of deaths over the weekend:
- Sunday, April 5: 599
- Saturday, April 4: 594
- Friday, April 3: 630 (New York’s peak so far)
So far, there have been a total of 130,689 cases in New York (12,405 in Suffolk County) with 4,758 total state deaths, as of Monday morning.
Cuomo is also upping the enforcement of his state-mandated social distancing rules.
He increased the maximum fine for violations of state-mandated social distancing rules from $500 to $1000.
“I want to be more aggressive with the enforcement because of all the anecdotal evidence that people are violating the [guidelines],” he said.
“This is not the time to be lax. We need to stay home and stay properly distanced.”