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No work, no play, just walks in the park – and takeout

You can't touch anyone.

You can't go to school.

You can't watch sports or visit a museum.

You can't even sit down for a drink at a bar.

And as of Saturday night you can't go to a barber for a hair cut or get a tattoo or your eyebrows waxed. And starting Sunday night, you can't go to a party – even if it's outdoors – and you cannot go to work. Unless, that is, your business is considered "essential."

What can you do? Take a walk in a park, go to the grocery store, grab takeout from a restaurant – and that's about it.

This is life amid Covid-19.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo stopped short of ordering New York State to "shelter in place" as the governor in California did Thursday.

Instead, Cuomo put the state on "pause" to contain the novel coronavirus spread.

"We need everybody to be safe, otherwise no one can be safe,'' he added.

Employers of "nonessential businesses" were ordered to keep 100% of their workforce home.

So who's essential? The state put out a detailed list that included health care organizations, grocery stores, first responders, banks and the media.

Parties, outdoor basketball games and even play dates at playgrounds are being banned. Playgrounds and basketball courts were shut in Buffalo. Erie County was planning on physically removing swings to keep kids from playing on them.

Older people and those with underlying illnesses were told they must remain indoors and to go outside only for solo walks and not take public transportation.

"Stay home,'' Cuomo said.

The increasingly stringent rules came as Erie County's health lab, like others across the country, waited anxiously for new tests. Now, Erie County has enough testing material for 15 more tests – and they're being reserved for the most serious situations, like a sick health care worker who had contact with multiple patients.

Regardless of tests, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said everyone should assume the virus is widespread in Western New York.

"We know there's probably hundreds, maybe thousands at this point," he said.

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