ALBANY – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is signing an executive order banning price gouging on PPE.
The governor made the announcement during his Saturday Coronavirus briefing.
PPE, or personal protective equipment, has been in short supply during the COVID-19 crisis.
In some cases, prices for PPE have increased by a multiple of ten times their normal value.
“The way to make sure people can get masks, we’re going to sign an executive order saying that, we will prosecute price gouging on PPE,” said Cuomo. “To give you an idea of where we were, the N- 95 masks, which we needed during the middle of the pandemic for the healthcare professionals before the pandemic we were paying 70 cents for a mask. In the middle of the pandemic, 7 dollars per mask for the same mask.”
Governor Cuomo is signing another executive order allowing commercial buildings to take the temperature of people entering.
The Governor says the move will help protect everyone inside.