On Thursday, March 19, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new executive order designed to further prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York. Any non-essential business in Rochester and the entire state that deals with personal care, such as a barbershop, hair or nail salon, laser hair removal clinic, or tattoo and piercing studio, is to close entirely by no later than 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 21. Notary services can continue, but notaries are now permitted to notarize documents online.
Governor Cuomo chose this plan after consulting with governors from other states, including Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These governors considered whether a business could follow social distancing guidelines. With personal care services, social distancing is typically impossible.
In a press release, Cuomo stated: “We know how the novel coronavirus spreads, and we are making data-driven decisions as the situation evolves to continue to reduce density and slow the spread of the virus… We remain in constant communication with our neighboring states to ensure we are establishing a set of uniform rules and regulations for the entire region. These temporary closures are not going to be easy, but they are necessary for protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers and all Americans.”