By Lauren Fruen For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:27 GMT, 1 December 2020 | Updated: 18:50 GMT, 1 December 2020
New York City officials have told New Yorkers over 65 and those with underlying conditions to stay home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi appeared alongside Bill de Blasio Tuesday as the mayor's administration made the announcement.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
A statement read: 'Effective immediately, the City's Health Commissioner is advising older adults and people with underlying health conditions who are at an increased risk of severe COVID-related illness to limit activities outside the home, except leaving home to travel to work or school, or for essential purposes including medical care, grocery shopping or pharmacy necessities.'
Governor Andrew Cuomo later clarified that the announcement was 'not a restriction' and said senior citizens are 'not imprisoned in your own home'. He told reporters: 'There is no restriction on people over 70 leaving their home.'
Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi, left, appeared alongside Bill de Blasio, right, Tuesday as the mayor's administration made the announcement
The NYC advisory issued Tuesday 'also applies to household members and caregivers of these individuals'.
'Those covered by this advisory should also wear a face covering at all times indoors and