New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs executive order that everyone in the state must wear a mask when they are in public – The Sun

NEW York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered everyone in the state to wear a mask when they are in public.

He made the announcement during his coronavirus update in Albany, New York, on Wednesday.

Cuomo said that he is issuing an Executive Order that all New Yorkers must wear a mask or face covering in public in situations where they cannot social distance.

He said: “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".The Governor also added: "We'll give people a three day notice to allow compliance just on the off chance somebody doesn't have a cloth covering or mask."He went on to say that masks should be worn while commuting, as "you cannot maintain social distancing on public transport."

Cuomo said everyone in New York must have a mask

Reiterating when individuals must wear face coverings, he wrote in a tweet: "For example, if you are riding on public transit where it is impossible to maintain social distancing, or walking on a busy sidewalk, you must wear a face covering like a bandana or a mask."

However, Cuomo said that there will be no civil penalty for those who are not wearing a mask.

It was also announced that a further 752 people died from COVID-19 in the state yesterday.

Despite the number of deaths in 24 hours, Cuomo went on to say that the "curve" is continuing to flatten.

He said: “The painful news of our reality day after day, and they are in our thoughts and prayers.

“But you see the terrible news, it’s basically been flat over the past several days.

"You see a flattening of the curve."

The news came as the US coronavirus death toll reaches 26,112.

The total number of confirmed cases is currently 614,643.

However, at least 38,820 people have recovered from the deadly disease.

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