New York businesses and non-profit entities will have further restrictions placed on their employees coming to work sites around the state.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Thursday, announced businesses not deemed essential will have to keep 75 percent of their workers at home or have them work remotely in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Cuomo had initially announced plans to limit businesses to 50 percent of their workers at any given moment, which was set to take effect today at 8 p.m.
New York now has more than 2,000 confirmed cases of the virus as testing ramps up to 7,500 cases a day.
The hospitalization rate stands at 777 people, a rate of 19 percent.
New York will also enact a 90-day mortgage relief moratorium to prevent foreclosures as the economy swoons. Cuomo announced the action on Thursday, which will apply to those with financial hardships.
The state is also moving forward with relief for credit card fees, overdrafts and ATM fees.
"That will be a real-life economic benefit," Cuomo said.
The governor also raised the possibility of extending the 90 days if needed. There would be no impact on credit ratings or bank fees as result, Cuomo said.
The spread of the virus has already thrown hundreds of thousands of people out of work across the country. Bars, restaurants, move theaters, malls, and other venues where people gather have been ordered to close.
Multiple times, Cuomo addressed fears surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, saying the level of alarm is higher than he's ever seen it. He again indicated he would not be mandating a quarantine or shelter-in-place policy for New York City, saying "I don't know where they get it."
Cuomo also addressed the videos that surfaced yesterday showing young people on beaches during spring break, not practicing social distancing as recommended by multiple officials and agencies.
"These pictures of young people on beaches, saying 'This is my spring break, this is my time to party' ... this is so unintelligent and reckless that I can't even begin to stress it," the governor said. "It makes no sense to expose yourself to these conditions."