Governor extends school, non-essential business closures

Governor Cuomo

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo, Monday, announced the extension of school and non-essential business closings through April 29. He is continuing to push social distancing as the main source of preventing the spread of deadly COVID-19.

When asked at his daily briefing about large gatherings, particularly among Orthodox Jews in Rockland County and New York City, he said local authorities need to crack down on those events.

“I don’t care if you are Orthodox Jewish, Catholic, Christian, Muslim, I don’t care what. It’s not about religious observation. It’s a job of local government to enforce,” he said.

As an additional incentive for social distancing, Cuomo increased the fine for violations from $500 to $1,000.

Meanwhile, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh II asked residents to “strictly adhere to social distancing and maintain general hygiene in an effort to work together to defeat this pandemic.”



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