New York quiets as it becomes next virus hot spot; PAUSE order goes into effect

Virus Outbreak New York

A cyclist rides his bicycle down the middle of a main road in downtown New York, on Sunday, March 22, 2020. New York City’s mayor prepared Sunday to order his city behind closed doors in an attempt to slow a pandemic that has swept across the globe and threatened to make the city of 8.5 million one of the world’s biggest coronavirus hot spots. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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NEW YORK — An order requiring most New Yorkers to stay home from work and not gather in groups went into effect Sunday night as the state quickly becomes one of the world’s biggest coronavirus hot spots.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered all nonessential businesses in the state to close and nonessential workers to stay home starting 8 p.m. Sunday.

The state is on “PAUSE,” which stands for Policies that Assure Uniformed Safety for Everyone.

Which businesses and entities are considered ‘essential’ under Cuomo’s PAUSE plan?

New Yorkers may still go outside their homes but are required to stay 6 feet away from anyone who isn’t a member of their household. The order exempts several businesses, including food and beverage stores, gas stations, auto repair places, schools, health care facilities, construction workers, hotels, hardware stores, restaurants, laundromats, banks, financial markets and janitors.

Elsewhere in the world, Italy and Iran reported soaring new death tolls, and British officials urged people to call their mothers instead of visiting for the country’s Mother’s Day.

Worldwide, more than 330,000 coronavirus cases and 14,400 deaths have been reported.

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