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New York’s Latest Legislative Guidelines on “Essential” Work

Legislative COVID-19 Update for March 27
County Updates:

Orange County has a COVID-19 website set up at
https://www.orangecountygov.com/Coronavirus
-To date there are 901 cases of COVID-19 in Orange County.
-To date there have been 4 deaths in Orange County due to COVID-19.

Construction
● 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.
Here is a summary of Governor Cuomo’s executive order, 202.11, which was issued
today. In bold are ones that seem to directly impact County operations:
● All schools closed until 4/15
● Prior order limiting operations or density of persons in a space: any
violations of that requirement shall be considered a violation of the uniform
code or local building code and enforceable by any state, county, or local
police officer. The officer may remove persons from such facility and can
issue appearance tickets
● All guidances issued by NY DOH related to prevention and infection control
of COVID-19 supercedes any prior order of the DOH and any local board or
department of health, or political subdivision related to the same subject.
● Waiving certain portions of the Mental Health Law and the NYCRR to allow
mental health services to be provided in other than certified settings and extend
training/recertification deadlines for direct support professionals employed in
mental health regulated facilities
● Modifying Social Services Law to suspend the duration and amount of
reimbursement for domestic violence victims in shelters (was 90 day limit, with
45 day extensions)
● Allowing pharmacies to compound alcohol based hand sanitizer
● Allowing pharmacists and pharmacy techs to practice at alternate locations or
from home
● Allowing R.N. and L.P.N. graduates to practice under supervision of a registered
nurse for up to 180 days following graduation
● Granting defense and indemnification to physicians assisting in COVID-19
response working in a SUNY operated or owned facility
● Suspending thirty-day requirement for submission of certificates of residence to
community colleges and allowing applications for certificates to be made through
e-mail or mail
● Suspending Public Authorities Law deadlines during a period of a state of
emergency
● Allowing non-public opening of bids, but the public entity shall record/live
stream bid openings so the public can see
● Extending license/certification renewals of the following licenses until the 30th
day
following the expiration of the Executive Order:
○ Security alarm system installers
○ Private investigators, bail agents, security guards
○ Armored Car Carriers and guards
○ Nail specialties, hair styling, esthetics, and cosmetology
○ Barbers
○ Auto brokers
○ Pet cemeteries
○ Hearing aid dispensers
○ Sports agents
○ Document destruction contractors
○ Combative Sports
○ Telemarketers
○ Black Car operators
○ Real Estate appraisal management companies
○ Notaries
○ Real Estate Brokers
○ Home inspectors
○ Apartment Information Vendors
○ Theater ticket sales
● Manufacturers, retailers, installers, and mechanics can renew certifications
without meeting continuing education requirements
● Urban Development Corporation proposed projects do not need a public hearing
if alternate means for comment is provided
● Loosened training requirements for the Joint Commission on Public Ethics
● Extending deadline for condo/coop offering plan responses for 30 days
● Extending deadlines for Adirondack Park Agency responses to variances, permit
modifications, and permit requests
● Midwives licensed in the US or Canada may practice in New York
● Extending vehicle inspection for vehicles designed to carry passengers
voluntarily placed out of service due to COVID-19 tolled for 30 days
● Waiving Retirement Law Section 212 to allow retired people to work and
disregard income limitations
● Tolling currently valid car inspections
● Allowing electronic signatures for forms authorizing or accepting funeral services
● Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine cannot be prescribed for prophylactic
reasons, but can be used for certain in-hospital studies, inclusion in compendia,
or for patients in acute/inpatient settings.
For More Information:
-For more updates from the County Executive’s facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/friendsofsteveneuhaus
-For more updates from the Orange County Health Department:
https://www.facebook.com/OCNYDOH
-For more updates from Orange County Government:
https://www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyGovernment

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