COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update x10 (March 20, 2020)

This morning, Governor Cuomo is mandating non-essential businesses in New York State to decrease their in-office workforce by 100 percent – meaning all of your in-office workforce should work remote if possible. This does not apply to essential services and this goes into full effect Sunday evening. These restrictions
Today’s sales tax deadline has not changed. However, no interest or penalties will be implemented as per guidance from Budget Director Robert Mujica.
There will be a moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants for 90 days in New York State.
Essential services are defined by Empire State Development as the following:

Health care operations including

research and laboratory services
walk-in-care health facilities
veterinary and animal health services
elder care
medical wholesale and distribution
home health care workers or aides
doctor and dentist offices
nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
medical supplies and equipment providers

Essential infrastructure including

utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
public water and wastewater
telecommunications and data centers
transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages

Essential manufacturing including

food processing, including all foods and beverages
medical equipment/instruments
safety and sanitary products
microelectronics/semi-conductor agriculture/farms
paper products

Essential retail including

grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
convenience stores
farmer’s markets
gas stations
restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
hardware and building material stores

Essential services including

trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
mail and shipping services
laundromats/dry cleaning
building cleaning and maintenance
child care services
auto repair
warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
storage for essential businesses
animal shelters or animal care or management

News media

Financial Institutions including


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

Construction including

skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes


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

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
emergency management and response
building cleaners or janitors
general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
automotive repair

Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public including

technology support
child care programs and services
government owned or leased buildings
essential government services
Further, guidance has been provided on notaries:
  • Any notarial act that is required under New York State law is authorized to be performed utilizing audio-video technology provided that the following conditions are met:
  • The person seeking the Notary’s services, if not personally known to the Notary, must present valid photo ID to the Notary during the video conference, not merely transmit it prior to or after;
  • The video conference must allow for direct interaction between the person and the Notary (e.g. no pre-recorded videos of the person signing);
  • The person must affirmatively represent that he or she is physically situated in the State of New York;
  • The person must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the Notary on the same date it was signed;
  • The Notary may notarize the transmitted copy of the document and transmit the same back to the person; and
  • The Notary may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution provided the Notary receives such original signed document together with the electronically notarized copy within thirty days after the date of execution.

Effective tomorrow (March 21, 2020) at 8 p.m. and until further notice, all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to members of the public. This shall also include nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, and the provision of electrolysis, laser hair removal services, as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance. 

Further, the federal Department of the Treasury will extend the tax filing deadline to July 15 for individual income tax returns. This schedule is also applicable to state income tax returns as well.
Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or we can help in anyway. We will continue to provide guidance on local, state, and federal action as it becomes readily available.