Since social distancing began due to COVID-19, have you taken up any new hobbies or gotten back into old hobbies?

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Results will be posted Monday, April 6.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 19 ordered that no non-essential workforces can come to work.

Exemptions will be made for essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain. Cuomo said fines and even closures will be implemented for businesses that do not comply.

How, if at all, has your employment been impacted by Cuomo’s order that no non-essential employees can go to work?

35.8% -- No big change

26.5% -- Other

15.2% -- I am now working less

11.9% -- I am now working more

10.3% -- I am now laid off

Total responses: 302

Comments: 141

Here are your comments:

I'm lucky enough to be retired. But just thinking of those who will struggle is stressful for me. So, Massena mayor and supervisor, tell our snowbirds to stay where they are. We don't want their germs! St Lawrence County Dept. of Health, keep these people away from us! And there's no reason to be going out for groceries every day. Stay home and learn to entertain yourselves.

3/29/2020 8:39 PM

What do you do If you have an employer who will not abide by the governor’s order and insists you work even though it is non essential and you live with a parent who Would not survive If they contracted this virus? How selfish!!

3/29/2020 6:36 PM

I work at an area hospital. We expect work hours to increase as virus becomes more prevalent in St Lawrence County.

3/29/2020 5:03 PM

You peeps that are stressing now should have saved some money for a rainy day instead of spending it foolishly and living week to week.. Maybe we all should take this lesson more seriously for next time ! But this selfy ( selfish ) society will not. Good luck , Enjoy your toilet paper !

3/29/2020 3:50 PM

People still don't cover when they cough and sneeze, and to complain when someone buys groceries to keep themselves out of the store for a week or two because they work and try to stay away is idiotic mess because this should have been delt with in January and even December when the mess came came about.

3/29/2020 2:02 PM

Why is "working from home" not an option - lots of us have been sent home to do as much work as we can, while still being paid. Less burden on our tax payers if our employers, when possible, pay us to stay home. I know not everyone can stay home and work, but I can to help flatten the curve.

3/29/2020 11:58 AM

having to put employees on unemployemnt instead of paying them even though we were keeping them separated adn at minimum levels, hope it helps the spread cause ti hurts economy

3/29/2020 11:49 AM

I am only working via video conference and phone call, but my job allows for that so I am fortunate.

3/29/2020 11:16 AM

Can't be on the job. Because of it, I've been without toilet paper 'cause I can't lift it at work now like usual and the store shelves are empty still. Spent my time building a shack out back for Granny to live in so as to keep her isolated from the lil' germ carrying granny-kids and me (when the accessor sees that shed, that government money grubbing, boot licker will jump my taxes for sure!). Praying in collective thanks and safety in the meantime though, for all the true heroes of these days; community frontline service providers and supporters to our essential services needs who are still on the job. We couldn't do it without you folks and love you in our appreciation!

3/29/2020 10:22 AM

I am now working from home. It amazes me to see the ignorance of people that are not taking this seriously by not staying home, taking the whole family to the store, and not practicing social distancing. I can understand how the Trump lovers would be confused by his message when he and Fox news, repeatedly lie an tried to call this a hoax. I have a feeling when this pandemic is over, there will have been a lot more Republican illnesses than Democratic. This just starting. Stay home

3/29/2020 9:32 AM

i been in isolation for months, this is the first time since november i have had access to internet (no tv, radio, phone, internet etc at my remote off grid homestead and no vehicle to travel and nowhere to walk to and no money), i was already living off preserved food and waiting out the winter and all i hear online nowthat its warm enough to walk to use a wifi hotspot is about this virus, sounds like you all started living like i already was, but i was doing it before it was cool, ya posers

3/29/2020 9:02 AM

I am considered essential at SUNY. Though I could easily work from home they don't see it that way. Every day I worry if it will be the day I get infected and bring it home to my family.

3/29/2020 2:54 AM

Working from home until further notice.

3/28/2020 10:37 PM

I am retired

3/28/2020 10:35 PM

Because of the fines on employers I am now laid off

3/28/2020 9:51 PM

All the same to me,this is all a Democrat thing remember the swine flu 60 million Americans infected 300 thousand in hospital never heard that only how good Obama was doing tens of thousands dead and he did nothing.You would never hear of this from the fake news if we still had a corrupt president but thank god we have Trump built that wall faster now

3/28/2020 7:16 PM

I am still working. A lot of others are not. we are down to a skeleton crew.

3/28/2020 3:55 PM

I am working more in the 'essential service' job, and am laid off in my other job.

3/28/2020 1:15 PM

Alive though, who knows for how long without income or health insurance.

3/28/2020 1:05 PM

Have no affect on income

3/28/2020 1:01 PM

Very concerned that some have deemed themselves "essential" and continue to go to work, stores, etc. They are the problem. There is no need for a secretary to be working, going to the store, going out with friends etc. This mentality is why this is spreading. The "can't happen to me" attitude is very wrong. There is no one to stop these people who disregard the order.

3/28/2020 10:11 AM

One bourbon, one scotch, one beer.

3/28/2020 9:41 AM

Cuomo is at least taking this seriously, our leader in dc has his head up his anus. Of course he does know it all, had he reacted in Dec when he was briefed like Obama did with Swine Flu and Ebola we would have saved and will be saving many lives. WHAT A IDIOT he is

3/28/2020 9:29 AM

now working mostly 7 days a week.

3/28/2020 7:19 AM

I am retired.

3/28/2020 6:40 AM

I am working overtime, but at home. Trying to watch two kids at the same time... not easy!

3/27/2020 2:20 PM

mussoilni cuomo is a fool

3/27/2020 1:30 PM

He was smart to implement this so that the spread doesn't continue. Is it easy, no, not at all. But if he had not, people would continue on like nothing is really happening. Actually, some people still don't get it. I can't believe the traffic going by my house. Tons of it. Why? People can't stay home. The quicker we get over this, the quicker we can resume life. The Gov. has done a great job being on top of all this. He is fighting for us daily and we should be thankful because he is doing far more than Trump who doesn't get it. Trump is showing no leadership for this country, only worrying about his bank account. Hopefully this will end soon. Hopefully and I pray that it does.

3/27/2020 10:26 AM

just staying away from Pelosi and schumer,do not need virus

3/27/2020 8:55 AM

Working more -Killing trees harvested for toilet paper, paper towels and King Cuomo’s paper bags.

3/27/2020 8:52 AM


3/27/2020 8:06 AM

I'm not a big fan of Cuomo and our political view differ greatly. However, I have to give credit where credit is due. He's actually done an excellent job handling the crisis. His daily press conferences have been informative, direct and honest. The actions he has taken make sense and seem to put health and safety ahead of everything else.

3/27/2020 5:19 AM

moved to working at home

3/26/2020 3:31 PM

I am a healthcare worker at one of local hospitals.

3/26/2020 2:47 PM

Lots of places still open. Happy to be working.

3/26/2020 1:26 PM

What else can we do. We have to stop the spread of the disease. I see a relief in a short time. We were not ready for this because nothing like this has ever happened. No way th prepare.

3/26/2020 1:01 PM

Mandated to close my self employed service business, now I have no income at all.

3/26/2020 7:58 AM

Closed permanently

3/26/2020 7:30 AM

Cuomo is an IDIOT.

3/26/2020 4:39 AM

i recently retired so it has not affected me. However, I am very curious as to why liquoir stores are considered as essential but not hairdressers or barbers. And restaurants can sell drinks to go with the take outs. Just doesn't make sense.

3/25/2020 8:02 PM

I am on layoff, a job that I had less than a month. Building custodians I thought were supposed to be essential but apparently not if you worked at a college.

3/25/2020 7:40 PM

I'm able to work from home so no major changes. Many of my friends through worked in food service or schools and not working.

3/25/2020 4:50 PM

Our staff has been reduced to 35 hours a week and everyone is working remotely. We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping this will be enough, but the longer this goes on, the more we'll have to reduce staff/hours.

3/25/2020 4:47 PM

I feel much better now knowing Nancy Pelosi and the democrats will be receiving millions of dollars for the Kennedy Ctf for the arts. Money which should have been allocated to millions of Americans in crisis. Nice job DEMOCRATS!! Remember this in Nov. NEVER vote DEMOCRAT

3/25/2020 4:26 PM

Just like being in the office but a much lower chance of infection. Stay home, wash often and don't pick yours or your friends nose.

3/25/2020 3:13 PM

WHF is about the same as from office for me.

3/25/2020 2:03 PM

I'm a health care worker. Still work my regular scheduled days. We are being screened every morning, screening our patients, allowing no visitors & have protocol for treatment for patient who arrive with symptom. We worry about not having proper PPE for treatment if a patient does have the virus. Praying for our country & the world.

3/25/2020 1:42 PM

I work in healthcare

3/25/2020 12:49 PM

About to be laid off though. Wouldn't it be customary for Cuomo to buy us dinner now? Oh wait, he shut down the restaurants so he wouldn't have to.

3/25/2020 12:43 PM

However those individuals who were out of the area (students) should NOT be returning to our area from infected areas. They are potential carriers. The colleges went online for a reason.

3/25/2020 12:26 PM

Cuomo thinks only of New York City. We are far different and should not be subject to his mandates.

3/25/2020 12:19 PM

Changed location, now working from home.

3/25/2020 12:14 PM

reduced to 35 hours a week, and working from home. but still working!

3/25/2020 12:02 PM

I was required to report to work for Monday and Tuesday. My employer finally made the decision to move us all to work from home if we can.

3/25/2020 11:07 AM

I think more people should be working from home. McDonalds is not essential to the supply chain.

3/25/2020 10:42 AM

Working from home.

3/25/2020 10:39 AM

Working from home at this point

3/25/2020 9:55 AM

Working from home

3/25/2020 9:26 AM

I am a lucky one who can work remotely and still earn my paycheck - feel very blessed

3/25/2020 8:45 AM

If you had a million dollars and you die from virus. Money could be used to line coffin. To make you comfortable.

3/25/2020 8:37 AM

Working less but was working more at first. I can't wait for this to be over! My pay hasn't been impacted but my life has and the uncertainty is hard. We are the only county with almost 200 pending cases. Does anyone else see a problem here?? I think that anyone working should get their temperature taken first everyday to make sure we aren't spreading it since we are so behind in these tests! Saint Lawrence county so far seems very behind they need to do something this is pathetic so many pending cases! The meals are great for low income people but when there is no cap on the income it seems pretty idiotic it's not really helping when people actually have the money to go shopping it's just putting the volunteers at risk. Also some of these volunteers feel the need to pat themselves on the back on're not doing it out of kindness you're just doing at 4 recognition. If you really want to get rid of the virus keep everyone out of the schools for some reason it seems people can't stay away from there even when it's in the best interest of the public. Use your brains and common Sense people obviously the superintendent has no common sense it's all a facade.

3/25/2020 8:02 AM

I’m working hard on having another child so I can get more welfare money for cigarettes and beer. I wub twump.

3/25/2020 7:45 AM


3/25/2020 5:51 AM

I am working at home doing my job, and using a computer even more and in different ways. None of the options besides "Other" seemed to fit.

3/25/2020 12:51 AM

Retired. Staying home, saving money, eating good.

3/24/2020 11:36 PM

Working from home

3/24/2020 11:10 PM

3 employees were told to work from home. However, much of their work has to be redistributed among remaining employees as what can be done at home is limited .

3/24/2020 10:43 PM

So far, I put in more hours than in the office. There are fewer distractions

3/24/2020 9:42 PM

Civic has affected all of us in the a frontliner..RN in the ED ..I struggle everyday with the it worth my paycheck? I want to say no..but then my conscious say yes..troubling times...very scary

3/24/2020 5:44 PM

You forgot one: no big change-already retired.

3/24/2020 5:00 PM

Lay off trump and Pence ,they just use air and space ,both are useless,,,

3/24/2020 4:46 PM

Retired don't go anywhere anyway

3/24/2020 4:10 PM

Half a million people across the world affected. 20 thousand deaths. Divide that number by 7.5 billion people. The numbers seem relatively low for such big measures. Let's lock away the little kids and the elders and preexisting conditions people for 30 days. Then let's all lick the popsicle sticks.

3/24/2020 4:09 PM

I have never worked hard and boy do I really enjoy working even less! Thanks comrade Cuomo; just keep those welfare checks and unemployment checks coming; I knew that someday my laziness would pay off . . . now all of those hard working suckers can support me even more; I’m sure those commy socialist DEM leaders will see to it that all those illegals in this country will work even harder carrying the DEM leaders water to pay for all my freebies! Long live the commy DEM leaders; soon you will be elected by the Soviets to bolster their Russia too. Three cheers for Trump; you’ve got old Pelosi & Schumer humping each other trying to see who can outdo each other in taking POTUS down; I GOT NEWS FOR YA ALL, “IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN; Trump is going to win in 2020, then we’re going to eliminate the 2-term limitation and keep Trump on here-in-after! ...teehee, teehee, teehee! Cry we Conservatives a river you lib-tard DEM leaders! jhd

3/24/2020 3:05 PM

I have to work I'm in state corrections

3/24/2020 2:46 PM

I am working from home but am losing income from my 2nd and 3rd jobs. No eating out for me.

3/24/2020 2:35 PM

I always wondered what is was like to watch the same reruns on at night during the day!

3/24/2020 1:57 PM


3/24/2020 1:43 PM

The list of essential workers is a joke! It would have been easier to list off the non-essential workers.

3/24/2020 1:36 PM


3/24/2020 1:15 PM

Am working from home remotely 3 days per week. Going into work 2 days per week.

3/24/2020 12:56 PM

we have the finest governor in the world. His decision unlike the presidents aren't notion based but thank god are science based. Cuomo great, Trumpos terrible.

3/24/2020 12:51 PM

I am now working from home.

3/24/2020 12:37 PM

High anxiety dealing with the public. One does not know where others have been and whether or not they've been practicing social distancing and good hygiene. I'm having heart palpitations regularly.

3/24/2020 12:25 PM

I am working from home now. Technology makes that very possible, but not quite 100%. Under the circumstances, however, it is great. My employment has not been affected at all.

3/24/2020 12:23 PM

I am on 2 weeks paid leave.

3/24/2020 12:15 PM

Working from home and going to work if absolutely necessary, then instructed to leave as soon as task that could not be completed from home is complete.

3/24/2020 11:31 AM

Nurses don't get time off!

3/24/2020 11:28 AM

I am working from Home

3/24/2020 11:28 AM

Still working full time, but remotely

3/24/2020 10:58 AM

I am working from home and taking care of my child also. NO contact with others face to face.

3/24/2020 10:41 AM

lets see how many companies don't servive

3/24/2020 10:20 AM

I vote democratts and wants more benefitts. Ima stressed just chillin at home. HEAP is almost gawn. My tv aint big enuff towatch the newz and need a big new one now. I shood get me sum childs support, I saw my kid once last month and bot a happi meal. Vote democratts=free for mee

3/24/2020 10:15 AM

Can no longer volunteer for a non-profit. Stuck in the house

3/24/2020 10:07 AM

I am working from home.

3/24/2020 10:04 AM

i am an essential employee

3/24/2020 10:00 AM

Licking all the windows i can. YOLO.

3/24/2020 9:57 AM

Essential business

3/24/2020 9:53 AM

Working more and shifts changed to have fewer people on premises at same time for social distancing.

3/24/2020 9:39 AM

Retired no effect

3/24/2020 9:19 AM

I'm retired, so no change

3/24/2020 9:03 AM


3/24/2020 8:56 AM

working away to make sure people are fed while my bosses sit at home and complain how were slow and should be thankful we have a job while offering nothing for compensation. typical Boss makes a dollar I make a dime

3/24/2020 8:52 AM

Still working but the place has cut jobs to low double figures. The jobs they cut are jobs Cuomo said are essential. Funny how they blame Cuomo when they continue to get paid and place blame else where. I could go on and on but it will never change. Non-profit?

3/24/2020 5:35 AM

Repent! The End is near!!

3/24/2020 2:36 AM

No big change, but people who work “food production” AKA fast food, shouldn’t have to work. Money is a very dirty commodity, and so is the fast food industry.

3/23/2020 8:12 PM

Working from home like many others. At least I still get a pay check. It's pretty disgusting to se the liberals at work blaming Trump last week for the China Corona Virus. IT CAME FROM CHINA! The mentality of these people is tiring. Seems to me they should just refuse any stimulous if they feel that strong about our GREAT President. At least HE is doing something for American's unlike is predecessor, Drunk Nancy or Chuckie.

3/23/2020 7:31 PM

Working from home. It’s the smart but tough thing to do. Public health and safety must be the priority. Thankfully Governor Cuomo is a steady hand at the helm steering the ship of NYS through this storm. Once again New York leads the way! Especially given the lack of leadership from the WH!

3/23/2020 6:27 PM

I lost my job a few weeks ago and because of this it’s making things really hard to find a new job.

3/23/2020 5:56 PM

For a lot of us here in St Lawrence ,and the rest of the North Country .. If there is no working then you don't eat . There's a lot that don'twork traditional jobs and just get by with their single person gig job or part time . Who will have to work ,Sickness or not ...

3/23/2020 5:05 PM


3/23/2020 5:04 PM

working from home

3/23/2020 4:04 PM


3/23/2020 2:22 PM

Retired and no money in stocks. Life is good.

3/23/2020 2:21 PM

I am working from home for the foreseeable future; luckily this arrangement still allows me to be paid!

3/23/2020 2:13 PM

retired. staying inside.

3/23/2020 1:37 PM

still working and very grateful. At least I get a pay check.

3/23/2020 1:33 PM

Thank God we have Governor Cuomo. He knows what he is doing, is honest and is keeping us informed most days. (And he isn’t afraid of tRump)!

3/23/2020 1:18 PM

We are considered Agriculture. I made changes in my office, all paperwork is to be done through a window. No one is allowed in my office.

3/23/2020 12:41 PM

These draconian actions can only be in effect for a limited time before doing serious long term damage to the economy

3/23/2020 12:37 PM

no work, no money, no food. people are in bad shape. but remember it can always be worse, the handyman for rental property is a registered sex offender, see the sign on rt 11 Lawrenceville, be thankful he isn't near your children.

3/23/2020 11:59 AM


3/23/2020 11:42 AM


3/23/2020 11:39 AM

I'm now working from home.

3/23/2020 11:26 AM

Great plan

3/23/2020 11:08 AM

I'm 100% working from home - no change in responsibilities just no travel.

3/23/2020 10:55 AM

I am a Senior and not working outside my home anymore. I feel very sorry for the workers layed off. Trump's plan to help "BIG BUSINESS" will not help the "Average" working stiff, only the already rich. Probably his own Business interests and his fancy Hotels!

3/23/2020 10:54 AM

I am working from home.

3/23/2020 10:33 AM

Working from home

3/23/2020 10:11 AM

As a MUSICIAN, My gigs are now down to zero! I think that's the right thing to do in light of the pandemic, but it doesn't pay the bills. Wanna buy a guitar?

3/23/2020 9:59 AM

I own a bar and have been shut down with zero income and $5000 a month in expenses. This is just wrong!

3/23/2020 9:37 AM

I am working from home and actually being more productive because I have less interruptions

3/23/2020 9:15 AM

I'm an essential federal government employee, so no, I am not affected at all.

3/23/2020 9:13 AM

I had three jobs but now have lost two.

3/23/2020 9:11 AM

Retired and not going too far from home .

3/23/2020 9:04 AM

You need to add the option of "Working from home".

3/23/2020 8:51 AM

I am a teacher. Working from home.

3/23/2020 8:44 AM

Retired. No employment affect.

3/23/2020 8:40 AM

I work in healthcare and required to work. I can't wait for the single digit IQ's to blame this on Trump.

3/23/2020 8:26 AM


3/23/2020 8:14 AM

I'm retired.

3/23/2020 7:50 AM