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What The New York State of Emergency Actually Means

On March 7, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York amidst growing Coronavirus concerns.

But what exactly does this mean?

Declaring a state of emergency isn’t necessarily a reason to panic or spend your entire life savings on hand sanitizer and surgical masks.
 
It is not a quarantine. It’s also not an order to stop traveling or spending time with friends and family.
 
The primary reason for declaring an emergency is to free up money and other resources for emergency management. Public officials make these declarations prior to perceived disasters, like hurricanes and snowstorms, to ensure that local governments have enough money and resources to prepare for a situation to worsen.
 
State of Emergency announcements help officials bypass the red tape involved in hiring contractors and using state funds, so that local governments can buy supplies and hire workers to aid in their response to disasters. 
 
New York’s declaration will allow the state to speed up the process of obtaining cleaning supplies and other resources; allow qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to test individuals for the virus; expedite additional testing supplies and lab space; permit EMS to transport patients to quarantine locations; and set policies against price gouging.
 
In a press statement, Cuomo said the state of emergency will give the “certain powers to help local health departments that are very stressed.”
 
There’s generally no need to panic, so come to Rosé Mansion and chill out with some wine and friends!
 
More information regarding the New York State of Emergency can be found here. If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to our customer service.

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