(USA Features) Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced he is ordering all New Yorkers to wear a mask out in public, his latest edict in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“All people in public must have a mask and nose covering and they must wear it in a situation where you cannot or are not maintaining social distancing,” he said.
The order was issued Wednesday but will not go into effect until Friday to give people time to comply.
He added that it’s fine for New Yorkers to go out into public to walk or do other activities but that they have a responsibility not to infect people.
“Put the mask on when you are not in socially distant places,” he said, citing trips on the bus and subway or passing people on the sidewalk when six feet of distancing could not be achieved.
“You must wear a mask, or cloth or an attractive bandanna,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said he would not level a civil penalty for not wearing a mask, but hoped that New Yorkers would follow his order.
“We’re not there yet,” he said, adding: “I hope New Yorkers do it because it makes sense.”