Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued a new executive order that requires every citizen of New York to wear a mask or some kind of cover for the face due to the coronavirus outbreak.
On Wednesday, he said that the order will apply only when people can not be physically distant from one another; for example, riding on public transport.
“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,’’ said Cuomo.
He added that there will be a three-day window before the order takes effect to give time to people to get masks for themselves. Also, the local governments would enforce this order, but fines will not be issued yet.
Two weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that everyone should wear face coverings when in public. Besides New York, several other cities and states have similar executive orders for their citizens.
Cuomo added that the masks are a part of the state moving to a new normal also saying that several businesses will reopen and that the crisis won’t be over until a vaccine is produced.
He also said that the outbreak in New York appears to be leveling off, but that they are not close to being out of the woods.
Still, Cuomo said that New York will be donating ventilators to Maryland and Michigan to help as those states experience a surge in COVID-19 cases. He said the state will give 100 ventilators to Michigan and 50 to Maryland, according to The Hill.
“We’ve stabilized our health care situation, but other states are just beginning to experience a surge,’’ said Cuomo during a daily press.
“There are other places in the country seeing increases in the death rate. I will never forget the generosity people across this country showed to our state,’’ Cuomo added.