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Update: 3/27/20:

 Please see the latest interpretation of essential construction projects by the Empire State Development Agency and be guided accordingly:


  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

Reference made to Empire State Development Corp,.



On Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Court system issued an Administrative Order which suspends all court filings, for both electronic and paper cases, except for certain “essential matters.”  However, we will continue to work on your case to the extent possible so that we are ready to move forward as soon as we receive notice that the Administrative Order has been lifted.  If you receive notice of any court proceeding or formal legal notice, (i.e., summons and complaint, bid protest, notice of termination, etc.), please do not ignore the notice.  Forward the document(s) to us as soon as possible by email or overnight delivery so we may protect your rights.

If you have any questions about how this affects your specific case, please send us an email at your convenience at rjl@llalawfirm.com or sml@llalawfirm.com.


The information contained herein is rapidly changing as businesses and government continue to address the pandemic which is affecting everyone. We encourage you to stay safe, and follow all laws and regulations applicable to your industry.

New York State has issued a number of Executive Orders to address the current health emergency. Links to each are provided for your review.

March 18, 2020:

New York State has issued a number of Executive Orders to address the current health emergency. On March 18, 2020 the order was given that as of March 20 at 8:00 PM, all business and not for profit entities are to use any telecommuting or work from home procedures to the maximum extent possible. Excluded from this order are government entities, municipalities and public schools. Unless otherwise exempted, the in person work force must be reduced by 50%.


March 19, 2020:

On March 19, 2020 the Governor issued Executive Order 202.7. This order requires every employer to reduce the in person work force at any work location by 75% by Saturday, March 21, at 8:00 PM.

Also on March 19, 2020, the New York State Empire Development Agency posted the following advisory list of “Essential Businesses on its website here:  

https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026 .

March 20, 2020:

This order requires every employer to reduce the in person work force at any work location by 100% by Sunday, March 22, at 8:00 PM.


For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business,” means:

1. Essential health care operations:
·         research and laboratory services
·         hospitals
·         walk-in-care health facilities
·         emergency veterinary and livestock services
·         elder care
·         medical wholesale and distribution
·         home health care workers or aides for the elderly
·         doctor and emergency dental
·         nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
·         medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers
2. Essential infrastructure:
·         utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
·         public water and wastewater
·         telecommunications and data centers
·         airports/airlines
·         transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
·         hotels, and places of accommodation
3. Essential manufacturing:
·         food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
·         chemicals
·         medical equipment/instruments
·         pharmaceuticals
·         sanitary products
·         telecommunications
·         microelectronics/semi-conductor
·         agriculture/farms
·         household paper products
4. Essential retail:
·         grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
·         pharmacies
·         convenience stores
·         farmer’s markets
·         gas stations
·         restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
·         hardware and building material stores
5. Essential services:
·         trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
·         mail and shipping services
·         laundromats
·         building cleaning and maintenance
·         child care services
·         auto repair
·         warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
·         funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
·         storage for essential businesses
·         animal shelters
6. News media
7. Financial Institutions:
·         banks
·         insurance
·         payroll
·         accounting
·         services related to financial markets
8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations:
·         homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
·         food banks
·         human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community         and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support
9. Construction:
·         skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
·         other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
10. Defense:

·         defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses:
·         law enforcement
·         fire prevention and response
·         building code enforcement
·         security
·         emergency management and response
·         building cleaners or janitors
·         general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
·         automotive repair
·         disinfection

12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services:

·         logistics
·         technology support for online services
·         child care programs and services
·         government owned or leased buildings
·         essential government services

If the function of your business is not listed above, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business.

Houses of worship are not ordered closed however it is strongly recommended no congregate services be held and social distance maintained.

Every business is strongly urged to maintain social distance to the extent possible, even if designated essential.

Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.

To request designation as an essential business, please go here: https://esd.ny.gov/


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