Cuomo Stresses Seriousness of Face Masks In Public
ALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo offered some promising news at his daily press briefing on Wednesday about the COVID-10 pandemic.
He pointed out that plans for reopening businesses are being coordinated with adjoining states and that New Yorkers' adherence to social distancing had been a major factor in "flattening the curve" to the point that the state would be sending ventilators to Michigan and Maryland.
But his first order of business was to stress that New Yorkers must continue to be very vigilant in doing their part as soldiers flighting against the spread of the disease. He issued a executive order to that effect and that New Yorkers would have three days to find masks before the order will take effect.
The governor announced that all New Yorkers will be required to wear masks or have their mouth and nose covered while out in public: on public transit, busy streets, and in grocery stores, among other locations where social distancing is limited.
"If you're going to be in public and you cannot maintain social distancing, then have a mask and put the mask on when you are not in socially distanced places," he said.
"if your are walking in an intersection and there are people in the intersection and you're going to be in proximity to other people."
The governor indicated that civil penalties could be implemented and that if enforcement is needed, it would be handled at the local level.
"It is just common sense, The risk of not wearing a mask is extremely great. Put the mask on" said Cuomo.
'When you think about, look, everybody's working so hard to stop the spread of the disease. Wear the mask - whats the big deal?"
He also stressed the importance of testing and the magnitude of that undertaking as the state moves toward building a bridge back in the log road back to normalcy.