ALBANY – 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.
Starting Friday, the new mandate will require a mask or face covering on busy streets, public transit or any situation where people cannot maintain 6 feet of social distancing
“Stopping the spread is everything. How can you not wear a mask when you’re going to come close to a person?” Cuomo said at his daily briefing. “On what theory would you not do that?”
The governor said there will initially be no civil penalties for noncompliance, but he’s urging merchants to enforce it among customers.
On Sunday, the Governor announced a similar executive order directing employers to provide a face covering or mask to essential workers who are directly interacting with the public.
Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, said it’s up to the employers to provide the masks.
This is a developing story and will be updated.