Economy Gasping—Where Does That Leave Us? March 23 2020

In this time of crisis, survival of many businesses—and even entire industries—is threatened.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis, and on Friday, March 20 he announced he is signing the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

As of 8 PM on Sunday, March 22, 100% of New York's nonessential workforce must stay home. All nonessential gatherings of any size, for any reason, are canceled. Essential businesses such as pharmacies, grocery stores and medical facilities will remain open, but they must implement rules to facilitate social distancing. (Here is the full list of essential businesses.)

While construction is listed as an essential business, we are still working to get clarity on where different parts of heat pump installation businesses fit within this permitted category. Further, there is the question of balancing the health and safety of employees with the ability of employers to continue paying them.

The NYS Department of Labor website has current information on unemployment insurance, sick leave, paid family leave, disability benefits and other items to protect workers and businesses.

We expect more clarity on these issues and are working with State officials on initiatives that may provide relief for our industry. We face contradictory times where heat pump policy is advancing while the economy is collapsing.

Please stay tuned as we will try to keep you informed the best we can. Send any suggestions/solutions you’d like us to share with other members.