Today, the Governor of the State of New York issued Executive Order No. 202.5 which clarifies the language of his previous executive orders issued regarding the novel coronavirus COVID- 19. As a result of the Governor’s most recent update, I am rescinding my previous Order of 16th March 2020 regarding the closure of beauty salons, barbershops, spas, and nail salons.
While I took this action out of my overriding concern for the public health, safety and welfare of my community, and because of my knowledge of the unique challenges posed by the extreme population density of Mt. Vernon, I am rescinding my Executive Order to be in coordination with the actions taken by the state.
I do feel it is my responsibility to stress in the strongest possible terms that these establishments must put the welfare of their clients first and therefore should voluntarily:
- Schedule patrons by appointment only so that social distancing may be practiced; and
- • Set aside designated times for seniors and our most vulnerable, so that they may use these establishments in a way that does not put them at risk
- As Mayor of Mount Vernon, I will continue to partner with the state to ensure that our responses to this pandemic are appropriate and consistent with the Governor’s executive orders. Like the Governor, as Mayor I will continue to monitor the rapidly developing public health crisis to ensure the citizens of Mount Vernon are as safe as possible during this time.