On March 7, 2020, the Governor of New York State declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. Governor Cuomo has modified or suspended some laws if compliance with those laws would affect dealing with COVID-19.  On April 16, 2020, Executive Order No. 202.18 was extended until May 16, 2020. The Executive Order applies to certain categories of people, and it allows them to come to New York State and practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, New York needs all the help it can get, especially medical help since New York is the center of the pandemic.

The Order allows registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed physicians, physician assistants, radiologic technologists, clinical nurse specialist, specialist assistants, licensed master social workers, and licensed clinical social workers “in good standing in any province or territory of Canada to practice in New York State without civil or criminal penalty related to the lack of licensure.”

Also, the Order allows those “who have an unencumbered license and are currently in good standing in New York State but not registered in New York State to practice in New York State without civil or criminal penalty related to lack of registration.” For example, this applied to respiratory therapists, pharmacists, clinical nurse specialists, dentists, registered dental assistants, licensed clinical social workers, podiatrists, and physical therapists. There are other categories and the list, which can be found in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.18. The Order allows not-for-profit corporations to hold their annual meeting virtually. Depending on whether or not things improve from now until May 16, 2020, the executive order could be extended to deal with COVID-19. It is hard to predict when this will be over, and all that can be done at this time is for the state to take the necessary precautions and to try and reduce the spread of it.

Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx lawyer offering free consultations. He has been practicing law for over 36 years, and he can help you with your legal matter. Due to COVID-19, he is available by telephone or by Zoom Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Call 718-329-9500 to set up an appointment. Regular business hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, with the last appointment being at 4pm, and Saturday from 10am to 2pm, with the last appointment at 2pm.