New York Orders All Workers In Nonessential Businesses To Stay Home

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New York Orders All Workers In Nonessential Businesses To Stay Home
The governor said there will be a civil fine and mandatory closure for any business that does not comply.
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On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

"Today we're bringing it to 100% of the workforce must stay home," Cuomo said. "These are nonessential services. Essential services have to continue to function."

The executive order goes into effect Sunday night. He said there will be a civil fine and mandatory closure for any business that does not comply, but individuals will not be punished. He also said he'll issue a moratorium on evictions for 90 days. 

The governor is also banning nonessential gatherings of any size. He told New Yorkers to only use public transportation if it's absolutely necessary and practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others.

People will still be able to order takeout from restaurants. They will also still be allowed to go outside as long as they stay away from others. 

The governor also announced Matilda's Law, which aims to protect people who are 70 or older with compromised immune systems. He said those people should stay indoors, pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature, wear a mask when around others and stay at least 6 feet away from others. 

The move comes a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom told residents to stay home and only go out for essential things, like food. Newsom's order also exempts some workers. There are penalties in place for those who violate the order.

Contains footage from CNN.