New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an executive order earlier today that authorizes businesses to deny entry to people who are not wearing masks or face coverings.
No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.
“I’ve been working to communicate this message about masks and how effective they are. They are amazingly effective, and we’ve made them mandatory in public settings, public transportation, but when we talk 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.’” Cuomo said.
“That store owner has a right to protect themselves. That store owner has a right to protect the other patrons in that store,” Cuomo added.
New York City is the only region in the state that has yet to begin reopening. Cuomo said New York City will not reopen until it has met metrics set by the state for each region.
The city has yet to meet the threshold of contact tracers, or total hospital beds and ICU beds available.
“I want to be able to say to every New Yorker: ‘It is safe to reopen,'” Cuomo said.