I hope and trust that you continue to remain healthy and safe. On March 19, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued his eighth Executive Order during this state of emergency. As with all previous Executive Orders, Executive Order 202.07 modifies or suspends certain New York statutes, laws, codes, rules and regulations, as well as sets forth certain directives, all of which are designed to address matters related to the COVID-19 crisis. Executive Order 202.07is effective from March 19, 2020 through April 18, 2020. A copy of Executive Order 202.07 can be found here.
- Any notarial act that is required under New York State law is authorized to be performed utilizing audio-video technology provided that the following conditions are met:
- The person seeking the Notary’s services, if not personally known to the Notary, must present valid photo ID to the Notary during the video conference, not merely transmit it prior to or after;
- The video conference must allow for direct interaction between the person and the Notary (e.g. no pre-recorded videos of the person signing);
- The person must affirmatively represent that he or she is physically situated in the State of New York;
- The person must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the Notary on the same date it was signed;
- The Notary may notarize the transmitted copy of the document and transmit the same back to the person; and
- The Notary may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution provided the Notary receives such original signed document together with the electronically notarized copy within thirty days after the date of execution.
Closure of Business
- Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice, all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to members of the public. This shall also include nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, and the provision of electrolysis, laser hair removal services, as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance.
In-Person Work Restrictions
- The provisions of Executive Order 202.6 requiring in-person work environment restrictions are modified as follows: Effective March 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall utilize, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely utilize. Each employer shall reduce the in-person workforce at any work locations by 75% no later than March 21 at 8 p.m. Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions.
SUPENDED OR MODIFIED LAWS, REGULATIONS AND CODES
As with all prior executive orders, Executive Order 202.07 also suspends or modifies certain laws, codes, rules and regulations to aid in New York’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis this time through April 18, 2020. The laws and regulations modified or suspended under Executive Order 202.07 address testing for COVID-19 in the nursing homes and other adult home facilities. Executive Order 202.07 by modifying or suspending the applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations, to the extent necessary:
- requires that the suspensions and modifications made to the Public Officer’s Law, including provisions of Section 73 and Section 74, by Executive Order 202.6 shall only be valid with respect to a person hired for a nominal or no salary or in a volunteer capacity.