July 21, 2020
Albany, NY

No. 202.53: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency

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No. 202.53

E X E C U T I V E  O R D E R

Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency 

WHEREAS, on March 7, 2020, I issued Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York; and

WHEREAS, both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to temporarily suspend or modify any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or parts thereof, of any agency during a State disaster emergency, if compliance with such statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation would prevent, hinder, or delay action necessary to cope with the disaster emergency or if necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster, do hereby continue the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, not superseded by a subsequent directive, made by Executive Order 202.22, through 202.26, and including 202.32, except for the provision authorizing the extension of payment of sales and use taxes without penalty by the Commissioner of Tax and Finance, 202.33, 202.34, and 202.35 as contained in Executive Order 202.44 and Executive Order 202.45 until August 20, 2020. 

IN ADDITION, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to issue any directive during a disaster emergency necessary to cope with the disaster, I hereby issue the following directives for the period from the date of this Executive Order through August 20, 2020:

  • The directive contained in Executive Order 202.45, which extended the provisions of Executive Orders 202.3, 202.4, 202.5, 202.6, 202.7, 202.8, 202.10, 202.11, 202.13, 202.14, 202.28, 202.31, 202.34, 202.35 and 202.41 which each closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and allowed regions to enter Phase Four of the State’s reopening so long as the prescribed public health and safety metrics set by the Department of Health have been met, is hereby continued until and unless later amended or extended by a future Executive Order, provided that as of July 20, 2020 the New York City region is deemed to have met the prescribed public health and safety metrics required for Phase Four industries to reopen, further provided, however, that indoor common portions of retail shopping malls and places of low-risk indoor arts and entertainment continue to be closed in such region.
  • In addition, the directive contained in Executive Order 202.50, that allowed indoor common portions of retail shopping malls to open in regions that have met the public health and safety metrics to enter Phase Four of the State’s reopening, is hereby amended to provide that indoor common portions of shopping malls continue to be closed in the New York City region.

G I V E N   under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this twenty-first of July in the year two thousand twenty. 

BY THE GOVERNOR          

Secretary to the Governor

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