Coronavirus: Cuomo plans to enforce mandatory face-covering in public

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to issue an executive order mandating all people must wear a mask or face-covering in public, he said Wednesday.

“#BREAKING: I am issuing an Executive Order today that all people MUST wear a mask or face covering in public in situations where social distancing is not possible,” Cuomo tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

CNBC reported Cuomo announced the measure in a press conference in Albany. He called it the “new normal.”

“Where we’re going, it’s not a reopening in that we’re going to reopen what was. We’re going to a different place,” said Cuomo on Wednesday.

Cuomo said he is giving New Yorkers a three-day grace period before the rule takes effect. It’s designed to push safety measures on public transportation and around neighborhoods, which means if you’re going for a walk, you’ll need to wear a mask.

“You’re right to go out for a walk in the park, go out for a walk because you need to get out of the house. The dog is getting on your nerves, fine. Don’t infect me. You don’t have a right to infect me,” he said.

New York has been the epicenter for the coronavirus outbreak in the US. More than 202,000 positive cases have been reported and 10,834 people have died as of Wednesday morning, according to The New York Times.

New York City has the most cases with 110,465 confirmed positive cases.