Tuesday evening, Governor Cuomo posted two new executive orders – Executive Order 202.66 and Executive Order 205.1, his sixty-eighth and sixty-ninth executive orders during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Executive Order 202.66 (copy here) , dated September 29, 2020, extends the moratorium on COVID-related residential evictions until January 1, 2021. This moratorium has been expanded to include any warrant or judgment of eviction that was granted prior to March 7, 2020. Executive Order 202.66 provides, in pertinent part, that
- Chapter 127 of the laws of 2020 (aka the Tenant Safe Harbor Act) is modified to the extent necessary to prevent, for any residential tenant suffering financial hardship during the COVID-19 state disaster emergency declared by Executive Order 202, the execution or enforcement of such judgment or warrant, including those cases where a judgment or warrant of eviction for a residential property was granted prior to March 7, 2020, through January 1, 2021.
Executive Order 205.1, signed on September 28, 2020, serves to modify certain provisions contained in Executive Order 205, which addresses concerns about persons traveling to New York State from states that are experiencing significant increases in COVID-19 cases. Executive Order 205.1 enhances New York’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 from travelers to New York State, this time by focusing on international travelers. The need to do so arose as the CDC has rolled back its screening measures at airports accepting international flights. Executive Order 205.1 serves to remind international travelers entering New York from Level 2 and Level 3 countries that they are required to quarantine for 14 days as well as fill out the NYS Department of Health traveler health. Executive Order 205.1 (copy here) provides, in pertinent part, that:
Executive Order 205, which required the Commissioner of the Department of Health to issue a travel advisory to be communicated widely at all major points of entry into New York, including on highway message boards and in all New York airports, advising all travelers entering New York from certain states that they are required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine; is hereby modified to require the Commissioner to add to such travel advisory that travelers entering the United States from any country with a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 health notice shall be required quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine, and that such travelers shall complete the Department of Health traveler health form or be subject to civil penalty pursuant to the Public Health Law and regulations of the Department of Health.