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As portions of NY begin to reopen, Gov. offers guidance on when you should wear a mask

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Posted at 12:24 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 12:24:51-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided some additional guidance during his daily briefing on Friday when it comes to wearing a mask in public.

These specifics come as certain regions of New York state begin Phase 1 of the reopening process.

When it comes to personal behavior, the governor is advising people to wear a mask if they are within six feet of another person. In regards to curb-side or in-store pick-up, people should wear a mask and practice social distancing. Cuomo adds, "store owners shall prohibit entrance without a mask (unless under 2-years of age or for medical reasons.) For construction and manufacturing , the governor says employees must wear masks whren they cannot socially distance.

As of Friday, five regions have met specific metrics needed in order to begin Phase 1 of reopening.

  • Central New York
  • Finger Lakes
  • Mohawk Valley
  • North Country
  • Southern Tier

Western New Yorkers will need to wait a bit longer, having met only four of the seven metrics.