As the state looks to contain the spread of COVID-19, Governor Cuomo continues to enhance existing restrictions put in place to protect the public health and safety. Yesterday, the state announced that business operators and building owners must deny entry and/or remove any person who fails to comply with face-covering requirements where social distancing cannot be maintained. This addition to the rules is intended to assist in the enforcement of existing Executive Orders mandating face coverings, social distancing requirements and restricting non-essential gatherings, and it allows violators to be charged as a violation of public health law enforceable by up to $10,000 in fines.
In addition, travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine are still in place for individuals traveling from 22 States (Delaware was recently removed) which have a seven-day rolling average of positive tests in excess of 10%, or positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents. This list is constantly changing and the IDA will continue to communicate as states are added or removed.
Businesses should be aware that the state has put in place a reporting system to file a complaint against a business or employer who is suspected of violating the travel restrictions. Companies should make sure they are aware of which states are included and understand exemptions for travel for essential businesses.
Details on the travel restrictions can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory .