September 4 Legislative Update

Shenker Russo and Clark LLP Legislative Update

This week in Albany…

New York State Re-opening Process

On Thursday, Governor Cuomo announced that state-owned casinos will be allowed to re-open on Wednesday, September 9th. He also provided specific guidelines the casinos must follow when re-opening. The guidelines include:

  • 25% maximum capacity,
  • Face coverings and masks must be worn (employees included),
  • Social distancing (6 ft.),
  • No table games will be allowed upon re-opening. Table games may be allowed if the casino can find a way to create physical barriers between participants. This system will need to be approved by the Gaming Commission.
  • No beverage service will be allowed on the gaming floor,
  • Casinos will need to ensure their air filtration systems meet the state’s requirements.

The Governor also announced that malls in New York City will be allowed to re-open on Wednesday, September 9th, with a maximum capacity of 50%. Face coverings and masks will also be required within malls, and indoor dining within the malls will not be allowed.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Alaska and Montana were added to the State’s Travel Advisory, which requires non-essential employees travelling to New York from the included states to quarantine for 14-days. The current list now includes:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin

Bill Reports

The Legislature has introduced 19 bills this week and delivered none to the Governor’s office. The Governor did not act on any legislation this week.

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Have a great Labor Day Weekend!