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New Yorkers Have Been Ordered To Wear Masks In Public When Social Distancing Is Not Possible

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New Yorkers Have Been Ordered To Wear Masks In Public When Social Distancing Is Not Possible

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All New Yorkers have been ordered to wear masks or face coverings in public situations where they cannot maintain six feet of distance from others, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

He issued an executive order that will go into effect on Saturday in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“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,” Cuomo said during his daily press briefing.

Examples of situations where New Yorkers would be required to cover their faces include riding on public transit or walking on a busy sidewalk where it is likely impossible to maintain social distancing, Cuomo said.

There may eventually be civil penalties for those who violate the order, but as of now there would be no penalties, the governor said. He said that local governments will enforce the order.

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