Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a warning to New Yorkers on Tuesday that he may issue a shelter-in-place order within the next couple of days. This would mean that all non-essential businesses would be shut down.
This goes beyond the closures of movie theaters, libraries, gyms, restaurants and bars. It would now mean that only hospitals, fire departments, grocery stores and possibly gas stations, banks, and laundromats would stay open. He also warned that food service and retail could shut down.
People that needed to be out would need to have a reason that was considered essential, such as going to get groceries or medicine, and only “essential” workers could report to work. In San Francisco, where they currently have a shelter-in-place rule, people are allowed to be outside to exercise, but de Blasio did not specify whether New York would allow that exception.
New York currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the United States with 1,700 confirmed cases, 814 of those being in New York City.