COVID-19: Important messages from Mayor de Blasio

Social distancing saves lives: 

  • Keep yourself six feet away from anyone else wherever you go.
  •  It is critical that people who do not live in the same household stay at least six feet away from each other.
  • There will be an increased presence of NYPD Officers and Parks Enforcement Patrol officers to make sure people are not outside unnecessarily and when they are outside they stay at least six feet away from each other.
  • NYC will be issuing $250 to $500 fines to individuals who remain non-compliant after a warning from an enforcement officer.

Health care and testing

  • All New Yorkers should consider themselves potentially exposed to coronavirus. That means that everyone should stay home as much as possible, even if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. You should consult with your doctor if you:
  1. Have fever, cough, shortness of breath or other cold or flu-like symptoms and do not feel better after three to four days
  2. Have mild symptoms and are an older adult or continue to have any of the health conditions listed above
  • Use telephone, text, telemedicine (video conferencing), or a patient portal to reach out rather than going to your doctor in person. You and your provider will decide if you need to come to medical care.
  • If you need help finding a doctor or getting medical care, call 311 and get connected to a doctor today.
  •  Visit for more information. 
  • NYC Health and Hospitals is reserving testing for patients needing hospitalization or as clinically appropriate. Clinicians are available to talk to thousands of New Yorkers every day and advise them stay at home if they don’t need to come to the emergency room.
  • Seek care without fear: NYC will provide medical care no matter what your immigration status is and whether you can pay for it or not.

Guidance for New Yorkers on ‘PAUSE’ (effective through April 15, 2020):

All non-essential businesses in NYC remain closed. Only businesses with essential functions are permitted to operate, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, internet providers, food delivery, banks, financial institutions and mass transit. Restaurants and bars remain open for take-out and delivery only. Businesses that provide essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing.

Transportation Updates

  • Subway:   To ensure that people remain at least six feet away from each other on the subway, officers will be checking subway cars and platforms and will disperse any crowds. If the train car is too crowded, wait for the next train or find another train car.
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