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Essential services exempt

Newspaper delivery during COVID-19 pandemic

New York State Executive Order

Essential services, including the news media, distribution thereof and essential retailers (including grocery and drug) are exempt from New York State Executive Order 202.6 and from ‘New York State on PAUSE‘, which recently took effect.  Find the relevant language excerpted and the full Order below.


Effective on March 20 at 8 PM…Any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions shall not be subject to the in-person restrictions (a 50% reduction of at-work locations).  This includes…essential retail, including grocery stores and pharmacies; essential services including trash collection, mail, and shipping services; news media…(and) vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics…needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public. ”

New York State Executive Order 202.6, effective 8 PM on March 20 to April 17, 2020