Friday evening, Governor Cuomo’s office posted Executive Order 202.96, his ninety-ninth Executive Order during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Executive Order 202.96, dated February 26, 2021, continues the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, unless superseded, modified or otherwise expired, made by Executive Order 202 and each successor Executive Order to 202 for thirty days until March 28, 2021. Executive Order 202.96 also issued certain new directives set forth below. Executive Order 202.96 is effective from February 26, 2021 through March 28, 2021. A copy of Executive Order 202.96 can be found here.
- The directives contained within Executive Order 202.95 are hereby modified to repeal such directives and require every Local Health Department shall report the number of eligible P-12 teachers and the number of eligible P-12 school staff vaccinated to the Department of Health upon request, in a form and manner to be determined by the Department;
- The directive contained in Executive Order 202.5, as extended, that closed to the public all places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, is hereby modified to provide that all indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement shall be permitted to open to the public subject to adherence to state-issued guidance at 25% capacity on March 26, 2021. All outdoor amusement parks shall be permitted to open to the public subject to adherence to state-issued guidance at 33% capacity on April 9, 2021;
- The directive contained in Executive Order 202.70, as extended, that required certain movie theatres to remain closed, is hereby modified to provide that movie theatres in any location of the state shall be allowed to open effective March 5, 2021, at 25% capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen, subject to strict adherence to Department of Health guidance; and
- The directive contained in Executive Order 202.93, as continued, that allowed indoor food services and dining at 25% capacity in New York City beginning February 12, 2021, is hereby modified to allow indoor food services and dining at 35% capacity in New York City beginning February 26, 2021, provided that Department of Health guidance and any other applicable State-issued guidance is strictly adhered to.
TAX PAYMENT EXTENSION
- Executive Order 202.96 also extends, by twenty-one days, the period for paying, without interest or penalty, property taxes that are due in the Town of Bedford, Westchester County; Town of New Castle, Westchester County as such localities have requested such an extension.