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All New Yorkers Mandated to Wear a Mask or Face Covering in Public: Governor

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April 15, 2020 By Allie Griffin

All New Yorkers must wear a mask or face covering while in public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today.

Cuomo will sign an executive order today to mandate the face covering requirement in places across the state where people aren’t able to keep six feet apart from others.

“If you’re going to be in public and you cannot maintain social distancing, then have a mask,” he said.

New Yorkers will be required to put the masks on before they walk on busy streets, take public transportation, or in other situations where they’ll be in close proximity to others.

The covering or mask should cover a person’s nose and mouth, Cuomo added.

The mandate will go into effect in three days, so that people who don’t already have a cloth covering or mask can get one.

It comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an advisory asking New York City residents to wear a face covering in public on April 3. At the time, Queens Council Member Robert Holden said the advisory should be made mandatory.

This morning, the mayor said grocery stores and supermarkets should require shoppers to wear a mask or face covering.

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Niv,

I hate joggers running by me as much as you do, but the issue not how long it stays in air. Air outside is not staying where it is, it moves, the problem is when they run right by you making absolutely no effort to stay away, they don’t even wear masks because obviously they can’t breathe easily.

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Masked Crusader

The majority of the people I see NOT wearing face coverings are white people jogging and riding bikes (and walking for exercise), exhaling forcefully with all those little moist droplets being dispersed into the air.

Plenty of them don’t even bother to stay off the sidewalk and run in the street or bike lanes to keep their distance. If they run in the opposite direction of traffic, they won’t have to worry about colliding with anyone. It ain’t that hard.

I don’t understand why these people think they are exempt from these guidelines. So incredibly selfish and careless.

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That's ridiculous.

What about those who just can’t breathe or see (glasses fog up no matter how you wear the masks)?

And I guarantee all the ones wearing the disposable are reusing them without sterilizing them! YOU ARE DOING MORE DAMAGE THAN GOOD!??

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Grace

The governor said that the police will not enforce the mask policy but people will. “Where is your mask buddy?” were the exact words he used. IMO some people will begin recording these interactions and they will become viral online trends turning this policy into a joke and making it ok to shame and humiliate people in public. I am sure older people, non english speakers and asians will be targeted.

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Frida

Are you all seeing less squirrels? I would see so many in my backyard especially in the morning but now i see so few around.

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Niv

“All New Yorkers must wear a mask or face covering while in public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.” Make it mandatory for all public spaces whether one thinks they can practice social distancing or not. The virus can last in the air for 30 min. Some doctors have even said longer depending on weather conditions. Unless you have a n95 mask you are at risk of getting the virus when an infected person is not wearing a face covering. So if i jogger that is not wearing a face mask breathes heavy and you pass by seconds to thirty minutes later the virus air droplets are there. It is almost like infected people can leave a trail of the virus.

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Observer

The new fashion statement. I can
imagine all the fashion houses rubbing their hands ❤ together. Seriously if they plan on fining people they ought to make them available everywhere.

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Guest

Sure, wear masks, but where are the masks? Face covering is garbage, people don’t wash face covering every day, they will forget which way they covered their face and they will just put it backwards inhaling all germs. Why isn’t city ordering 1 billion masks and giving it to people so people wear actually effective stuff.

However, instead of asking everyone to wear masks, they should get everyone tested and allow only the people with no virus or antibodies (recovered/passed) in their system to get back to work. There is absolutely no point everyone has to suffer because we cannot tell who is sick and who is not.

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