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Cuomo mandates all non-essential New York workers to stay home

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, New York Gov. Cuomo. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(CNN) — All workers in non-essential businesses across New York state are required to stay home in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference Friday morning.

“We need everyone to be safe, otherwise no one can be safe,” Cuomo said.

“So we’re going to put out an executive order today: New York state on pause: Policies that Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.”

Civil fines and mandatory closures for businesses that don’t comply with the new mandate will be enforced, Cuomo announced.

“These provisions will be enforced,” he said. “These are not helpful hints. This is not if you really want to be a great citizen. These are legal provisions. They will be enforced. There will be a civil fine and mandatory closure for any business that is not in compliance. Again, your actions can affect my health. That’s where we are.”

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Late Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state’s nearly 40 million residents to stay home, the first statewide mandatory restriction in the United States to help combat the outbreak.

The two states have a combined population of nearly 59 million people, meaning the two orders affect nearly 18% of the total US population.

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