New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday he ordered everyone to wear a face covering while in public as the country works to combat the nation’s worst outbreak of coronavirus.
Executive orders will take effect after a grace period of three days, Cuomo said at a daily press conference in Albany.
In describing the gradual reopening of businesses, Cuomo said the country is moving towards the “new normal.”
“Where we’re going, it was not reopening that we would reopen what. We’ll go to a different place, “said Cuomo.
“If you’re going to be in the situation, in public, where you come into contact with other people in a situation of social distancing, you must have a mask or cloth covering the nose and mouth.”
More than a third of the nation’s 600,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New York, according to Johns Hopkins University. While the outbreak appears to flatten off, Cuomo said about 2,000 new cases were confirmed in the state every day. He said the economy will not be able to make a full comeback until there is a vaccine, which scientists have said it would take up to a year and a half.
“It’s better when people know I’m 100% safe and I do not have to worry about it. When did that happen? When we had the vaccine? ” she says. “Until you have a vaccine, until you have a medical treatment, what do you do? How do you build a bridge? Well, it will be gradually reopened. ”
Part of the gradual reopening is requiring people to wear face masks, he said. local governments will impose order, but fines will not be issued at this time, he said. It will apply to people in public transportation, including the subway and buses, as well as in public spaces such as a grocery store, he said. It will even apply to people walking on the sidewalk. covering could be a bandana or scarf over your nose and mouth that covers them.
“You go out for a walk in the park, go out for a walk because you need to get out of the house. Dog is getting on your nerves, either. Do not infect me. You do not have the right to infect me, “he said.
While Cuomo says he will not impose a fine now, he did not rule out the possibility.