Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Authorizing Businesses to Deny Entry to Individuals Not Wearing Masks or Face-Coverings


Partners with Rosie Perez and Chris Rock to Foster Communication and Education on the Importance of Wearing a Mask, Testing and Social Distancing

Announces State Will Distribute 1 Million Masks to New York City’s Hardest-Hit Neighborhoods Today

Confirms 1,768 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 366,733; New Cases in 42 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals who do not wear masks or face-coverings. The Executive Order builds on the state’s ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers and slow the spread.

Chris Rock

Governor Cuomo also announced a partnership with Rosie Perez and Chris Rock, who will help New York State build communication and education on the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing and the availability of testing and healthcare in the state.

The Governor also announced that New York State will distribute 1 million masks to New York City’s hardest-hit neighborhoods today. The state has already distributed more than 8 million masks across New York City, including to NYCHA developments, food banks, churches and homeless shelters. New York State maintains a comprehensive testing network throughout the state, including more than 225 sites in New York City. New York’s extensive testing—the state currently conducts tens of thousands of tests per day—now allows the government to pinpoint the state’s hardest-hit neighborhoods for additional supplies and other aid.

Rosie Perez

The Governor also announced that the MTA will pilot the use of proven UV light technology to kill COVID-19 in subway cars and crew facilities. The MTA currently cleans and disinfects trains every day.

“I’ve been working to communicate this message about masks and how effective they are. They are deceptively effective, they are amazingly effective. And we’ve made them mandatory in public settings, public transportation, et cetera,” Governor Cuomo said. “But when we’re talking about reopening stores and places of business, we’re giving the store owners the right to say, if you’re not wearing a mask, you can’t come in. That store owner has the right to protect themselves. That store owner has a right to protect the other patrons in that store. You don’t want to wear a mask, fine. But you don’t then have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn’t want you to.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 1,768 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 366,733 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 366,733 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
1,814
18
Allegany
45
0
Broome
545
17
Cattaraugus
85
3
Cayuga
84
4
Chautauqua
81
3
Chemung
136
0
Chenango
126
1
Clinton
95
0
Columbia
380
0
Cortland
39
0
Delaware
78
0
Dutchess
3,867
20
Erie
5,886
76
Essex
36
0
Franklin
20
0
Fulton
200
2
Genesee
197
2
Greene
236
5
Hamilton
5
0
Herkimer
106
1
Jefferson
72
0
Lewis
20
0
Livingston
118
0
Madison
310
0
Monroe
2,824
33
Montgomery
82
0
Nassau
40,140
106
Niagara
984
12
NYC
201,051
1,083
Oneida
959
30
Onondaga
2054
21
Ontario
201
3
Orange
10,325
33
Orleans
212
2
Oswego
107
2
Otsego
70
1
Putnam
1,236
9
Rensselaer
469
3
Rockland
13,076
29
Saratoga
468
3
Schenectady
676
3
Schoharie
49
0
Schuyler
11
0
Seneca
56
1
St. Lawrence
201
1
Steuben
241
0
Suffolk
39,359
101
Sullivan
1,351
11
Tioga
126
2
Tompkins
156
1
Ulster
1,658
13
Warren
253
1
Washington
231
3
Wayne
112
2
Westchester
33,293
107
Wyoming
82
0
Yates
39
0