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Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Warren issues new Emergency Order & Press Release regarding COVID-19

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NEW EMERGENCY ORDER ISSUED: 4-2020 / Coronavirus

Mayor Jesse Warren has issued Local Emergency Order (Coronavirus) 4-2020 which includes the following points:

That all conditions and directives contained in Local Emergency Orders 1-2020, 2-2020 and 3-2020 are renewed, continued and extended in full force and effect. 

Effective Friday, April 10, 2020 at 12:00AM, Where an essential retail business is permitted to operate under the Governor’s Executive Orders, such business must adopt policies that include, at minimum, the following requirements:

  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years  
    of age, and require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees.
  • If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business policy should provide alternate methods of pickup and/or delivery of such goods.
  • Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or customers from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the business is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved.
  • Where an individual declines to wear a face covering on store premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the essential retail business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.

All persons outside their homes are encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines, including cloth masks.  Persons choosing to use masks are encouraged to review and comply with the CDC and New York State Department of Health guidelines on personal protective equipment.  Persons should minimize use of N95 rated masks, as those are critical supplies for health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, or other persons engaged in life/safety activities, and the provisions of this order shall serve as minimum standards.

The timeframes under Real Property Tax Law Sec. 718, and related procedural requirements relating to the challenge of Village assessments, are hereby extended for the 2016/17 tax year until 45 days from the recommencement of electronic filing availability by the Suffolk County Clerk; and

The filing of 2020/21 tax year petitions is hereby extended until further notice and, when filing is recommenced by the Suffolk County Clerk, the Village waives the personal service requirement and agrees to electronic filing via the designated Village email for service, and will not require individual copies of petitions for cases otherwise listed in a master petition.

Except as stated above, this Order shall be effective IMMEDIATELY and shall remain in effect until removed by further order of the Mayor.
Failure to obey this order is a criminal offense, punishable by law under New York State Executive Law §24(5).

PRESS RELEASE: Masks or Face Covers are Mandatory in Southampton Village - April 9, 2020:
Southampton Village Mayor, Jesse Warren, issued an executive order in the Village’s State of Emergency declaration mandating that masks or face covers be worn at Village Supermarkets, grocery stores and all venues that engage in food sales and/or distribution.  Masks or face covers must cover both nose and mouth areas.  This executive order comes shortly after the CDC and the Village of Southampton issued guidance stating that everyone should wear masks or face covers in public places.  The executive order will go into effect at 12AM on Friday, April 10, 2020.

“This executive order will protect the health and safety of our residents as well as our work force in these respective businesses.  Face covers blunt the airborne projection of COVID-19, and this executive order will work to flatten our curve and reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.  We are happy to set the example for other communities in this specific mandate,” said Mayor Warren.

The Southampton healthcare community applauded this executive order.  “This is absolutely what our Village needs, and will help us further flatten our curve,” said Southampton infectious disease specialist, Dr. Rajeev Fernando. Dr. Peter Michalos, founder of The Hamptons Health Society stated, “this mirrors what was done most effectively around the globe, such as in South Korea and the Czech Republic – both countries had some of the lowest infection rates and deaths.”

For all residents, who need free masks for grocery shopping, all can email Mayor Warren has worked closely with Dr. Peter Michalos to procure 3 ply surgical masks for Village residents, a week after he and The Hamptons Health Society raised over $300,000 in 72 hours to donate ventilators, oxygen helmets, N95 Masks and other PPE to Southampton Hospital.  

Directions on how to make a face covering or a mask can be found locally on the Rogers Memorial Library Instagram @rogersmemoriallibrary and the Mayor’s personal instagram @mayorwarren as well as on the CDC website with instruction from the US Surgeon General.  

Questions can be directed to Mayor Warren at, and enforcement questions can be directed towards Village Attorney, Brian Egan at  


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