New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to issue an executive order requiring all people to wear a mask or face covering while in public as the state works to combat the worst coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., he said Wednesday.
“If you are going to be in a situation, in public, where you come into contact with other people in a situation that is not socially distanced you must have a mask or a cloth covering nose and mouth,” Cuomo said during a press conference in Albany.
Cuomo said the state is moving to a “new normal” as he outlined a gradual reopening of businesses, saying the crisis won’t be over until a vaccine is made available.
#BREAKING: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Wednesday requiring all people when in public and not maintaining social distancing to wear face masks. https://t.co/dUCgUf7o1D pic.twitter.com/bPVTi8tbPo
— WNY News Now (@WNYNewsNow) April 15, 2020
Asked what happens in people don’t follow the directive to wear masks in public Cuomo says “We haven’t seen flagrant non-compliance yet – you’re not going to go to jail. But there could be a civil penalty and police should enforce it.” But no penalty “yet”
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) April 15, 2020
Gov. Cuomo is mandating that people in New York State wear face masks in any situation where they cannot practice adequate social distancing.
— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) April 15, 2020
It’s illegal for Cuomo to require face masks, violates civil liberty. Fuck Democrats 👏👏👏what an unreasonable mandate…what if I don’t have one? Only Jesus can protect those that are good from this crisis, (jesus’) blood protects those who have awakened
— Chuck E Cheese North Korea (@HOSPITALAREFAKE) April 15, 2020