Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to speak with business leaders in the state and ask them to voluntarily keep workers at home or have them split shifts at work sites and offices to limit the spread of coronavirus.
"I'm going to ask them voluntarily to do telecommunicating, two shifts, a morning shift and a late shift and let people work from home, voluntarily," Cuomo said in an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday morning.
Some businesses are already having workers stay home for an indefinite period of time to avoid exposure.
Lawmakers as early as next week are expected to vote on a bill that would allow for up to five days of paid sick leave for workers, which would also cover people who have been quarantined.
Cuomo on Tuesday announced a one-mile containment area in New Rochelle meant to block large gatherings. The move will also close schools in the area, including New Rochelle High School and Tuckahoe High School as well as several private schools.
The governor also was critical of the federal government as the availability of tests continues to be a problem for identifying people who have the virus.
At the same time, there is a growing concern the virus's spread will affect the broader economy.