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During This Mandatory State Pause ....

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction.

(Essential Businesses must continue to comply with the guidance and directives for maintaining a clean and safe work environment issued by the Department of Health).

This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business and steps to request such designation. With respect to business or entities that operate or provide both essential and non-essential services, supplies or support, only those lines and/or business operations that are necessary to support the essential services, supplies, or support are exempt from the restrictions. 

For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, "Essential Business," means:

1. Essential Health Care Operations, Including:

  • 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, Including:

  • 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, Including:

  • 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, Including:

  • 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, Including:

  • 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, Including:

  • banks
  • insurance
  • payroll
  • accounting
  • services related to financial markets

8. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations, Including:

  • 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, Including:

  • 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, Including:

  • 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. 

Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.

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 

click here

Restrictions on requesting designation as an essential business:

  • Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (i.e. gas station) has been deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an essential business.
  • Businesses ordered to close on Monday, March 15, 2020 under the restrictions on any gathering with 50 or more participants, including but not limited to, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, and physical fitness centers, are presumed to be compliant with NYS issued restrictions and must remain closed and are not eligible for designation as an essential business for purposes of this guidance. 

Governor Cuomo Signs the 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order

Friday 3/20/20

10-Point Policy that Assures Uniform Safety for Everyone

100% Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Statewide, Effective 8pm Sunday — Exceptions Made For Essential Services Such as Groceries and Healthcare

The 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows: 
  1. Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes

"Matilda's Law" Will Provide New Protections for Most Vulnerable Populations - New Yorkers Age 70 and Older, People with Compromised Immune Systems and Those With Underlying Illnesses

Directs 90-Day Moratorium on Any Residential or Commercial Evictions

Asks PPE Product Providers to Sell Non-Essential Products to the State and Encourages Companies to Begin Manufacturing PPE Products

Confirms 2,950 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 7,102; New Cases in 23 Counties




Blacks In Corporate America

With regards to African-Americans in the corporate world, the circumstance looks particularly dreary. Just four Fortune 500 organizations — Merck and Co., TIAA, Tapestry and Lowe's — presently have a black CEO, down from seven less than 10 years back. Only 8% of  white-collar  professionals are black. The Center for Talent Innovation, a nonprofit group that is focused on workplace diversity, surveyed 3,736 full-time professionals of all races, and found that today’s diversity and inclusion efforts are failing African-American professionals. While nearly two-thirds of Black professionals agree that they have to work harder than their colleagues to advance in their careers, very few White professionals see it that way. Most White professionals just aren’t educated about, or aware of, this reality.

Due to their discontent many black professionals are thinking about leaving corporate jobs to become entrepreneurs. Among those who do not currently own businesses, Black employees are 3.6 times as likely as their White colleagues to be planning to start their own ventures. Entrepreneurship offers a tempting opportunity to unlock authenticity, flex skills, and gain autonomy over one’s work. Read the full report New York Times


Richest Singers 2019 

40 | Migos

2019 EARNINGS: $36 million


39 | U2

2019 EARNINGS: $37 million


38 | Celine Dion

2019 EARNINGS: $37.5 million


37 | Shawn Mendes

2019 EARNINGS: $38 million


34 (tie) | Zac Brown Band

2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million


34 (tie) | Kendrick Lamar

2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million


34 (tie) | Calvin Harris

2019 EARNINGS: $38.5 million


33 | Dave Matthews

2019 EARNINGS: $39 million


32 Lady Gaga

2019 EARNINGS: $39.5 million


29 (tie) | DJ Khaled

2019 EARNINGS: $40 million



29 (tie) | Marshmello

2019 EARNINGS: $40 million


29 (tie) | The Weeknd

2019 EARNINGS: $40 million


28 | Rolling Stones

2019 EARNINGS: $41 million


27 | Luke Bryan

2019 EARNINGS: $42.5 million


26 | Jennifer Lopez

2019 EARNINGS: $43 million


25 | Guns N’ Roses

2019 EARNINGS: $44 million


24 | The Chainsmokers

2019 EARNINGS: $46 million


22 (tie) | Ariana Grande

2019 EARNINGS: $48 million


22 (tie) | Paul McCartney

2019 EARNINGS: $48 million


21 | Fleetwood Mac

2019 EARNINGS: $49 million



19 (tie) | Jimmy Buffett

2019 EARNINGS: $50 million


19 (tie) | Eminem

2019 EARNINGS: $50 million


18 | Bruno Mars

2019 EARNINGS: $51 million


17 | Billy Joel

2019 EARNINGS: $52 million


15 (tie) | BTS

2019 EARNINGS: $57 million


15 (tie) Pink

2019 EARNINGS: $57 million


13 (tie) Katy Perry

2019 EARNINGS: $57.5 million


13 (tie) | Justin Timberlake

2019 EARNINGS: $57.5 million


12 | Travis Scott

2019 EARNINGS: $58 million


11 | Rihanna

2019 EARNINGS: $62 million


10 | Metallica

2019 EARNINGS: $68.5 million


| Diddy

2019 EARNINGS: $70 million



2019 EARNINGS: $75 million


6 (tie) Beyoncé

2019 EARNINGS: $81 million


6 (tie) | Jay-Z

2019 EARNINGS: $81 million


| Elton John

2019 EARNINGS: $84 million


| The Eagles

2019 EARNINGS: $100 million


| Ed Sheeran

2019 EARNINGS: $110 million


| Kanye West

2019 EARNINGS: $150 million


| Taylor Swift

2019 EARNINGS: $185 million

For the full article goto Forbs

  • During This Mandatory State Pause .... +

    ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OR ENTITIES, including any for profit Read More
  • Governor Cuomo Signs the 'New York State on PAUSE' Executive Order +

    Friday 3/20/20 10-Point Policy that Assures Uniform Safety Read More

    With regards to African-Americans in the corporate world, Read More
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