Cuomo extends ‘legal authority’ for NY ON PAUSE order but not deadline

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Cuomo announced Saturday that the legal authority of his NY ON PAUSE initiative will be extended through June 6 by executive order but not the initiative itself.

The order allows regions of the state to begin to reopen should they meet the governor’s four metrics as soon as May 15. However, for regions of the state that won’t, this allows Gov. Cuomo to extend the restrictions on those regions through June 6.

“Yesterday’s executive order extended the underlying legal authority for the emergency order but did not change the text of any of the directives in NY ON PAUSE and so the expiration date of May 15 still stands until further notice,” said Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa in a statement. “At that time, new guidance will be issued for regions based on the metrics outlined by Governor Cuomo earlier this week.”

The order allows regions of the state to begin to reopen should they meet the governor’s four metrics as soon as May 15.

Over 21,000 people have died of COVID-19 in New York State.

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