Public health experts agree large gatherings with people making sustained close contact are a place where the novel coronavirus can easily infect many people quickly and continue its spread. Even while New York State begins to reopen, these basic safety measures are as important today as they were on day one when the Governor issued the New York State On Pause Executive Order:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water; use hand sanitizer if water is not available.
- Wear a face covering when you are in public and cannot stay 6 feet apart from others.
- Avoid large groups. Gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed in Phase Four in the regional reopening. (Up to 25 for Phases Two and Three; up to 10 for Phase One.)
- Stay home if you are sick.
Social Gatherings: Are only permitted if 10 or fewer people are in attendance in Phase One regions, 25 or fewer people are in attendance in Phases Two and Three regions, and 50 or fewer people are in attendance in Phase Four regions. Check to see what phase your region is in.
Masks & Face Coverings: Individuals must wear face coverings when they are in a public and are: within six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a situation or setting where they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from other individuals; or in a public or private transportation carrier or for-hire vehicle.
Read in further detail the Executive Order to allow gatherings of fifty (50) or fewer individuals for any lawful purpose or reason, and provided further that social distancing, face covering, and cleaning and disinfection protocols required by the Department of Health are adhered to. This order has been extended by additional Executive Order.