NYS Government and Legislative Update – 7.6.20

Since our last update, Governor Cuomo has held a few more press briefings, and we wanted to pass along a few items of note:

  • The list of states that are subject to the travel advisory issued for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut increased from 8 states to 16 states.  As we previously noted, the travel advisory is not a ban on entering New York, but anyone coming from one of the states on the list will have to abide by a mandatory quarantine. This includes New Yorkers who visit these states and return.  The quarantine is 14 days.  If you are found to be in violation of the travel advisory, you are subject to fines up to $10,000.  For a list of the states with the travel advisory, please visit this link.  This webpage is being updated at least weekly, so check back regularly if you are planning to travel out of New York to see if states have been added or removed.
  • New York City entered Phase 3 of reopening today.  However, their phased re-opening had a change. While outdoor dining is permitted, indoor dining has been postponed.  Indoor dining in NYC is being reviewed and will be approved when the data indicates it is safe.
  • The Mid-Hudson region will enter Phase 4 tomorrow, and the Long Island region will enter Phase 4 on Wednesday.
  • The Governor announced that all 700 school districts in the state must submit a plan to reopen in the fall.  When announcing this, the Governor was very clear to note that no decision has been made yet on whether schools will in fact reopen in the fall.  He said that this decision will be made as the date gets closer and will be based on data.
  • The Governor also announced that the New York State Fair is officially canceled and that casinos and theaters will remain closed as the state continues to evaluate the data related to their potential reopening.

If you have additional questions about the travel advisory or any other developments that are happening as New York continues to Un-PAUSE, please reach out to a member of our Government Affairs practice group for assistance:

Amy J. Kellogg
John M. Jennings

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