Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Wednesday night to withhold funding from schools in hotspots that refuse to close.
Before signing the executive order, the governor sent a letter to all schools, public and private, in critical areas to inform them that they must be closed, otherwise he will withhold the funds.
However, the executive order does not mean that the governor will take action immediately, but that he now has the power to do so if the schools do not follow the orders.
In addition, the governor announced that schools that have already been identified as violating the closure order will receive a prompt to comply with the rule immediately.
“We know that there were violations where yeshiva (schools) operate,” Cuomo said. “We know that there were violations at religious gatherings that exceeded the guidelines.”
Cuomo also announced that he will send a letter to New York City, Orange County, Rockland County, the City of Ramapo, and the town of Spring Valley, informing them that he will withhold the funds if their governments fail to enforce the regulations of physical distancing.
Cuomo warned that outbreaks and spikes are part of “how things will be for the foreseeable future,” as the state increased coronavirus testing to identify hot spots.