ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order on Thursday regarding the use of face masks in New York State.
This order authorizes businesses to deny entry to those not wearing a mask or face-covering.
Today I am signing an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to those who do not wear masks or face-coverings. No mask - No entry.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 28, 2020
People have a right to jeopardize their own health (I don’t recommend it).— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 28, 2020
People don’t have a right to jeopardize other people’s health. https://t.co/kBBAex72W3
Health care workers wear masks for 5+ hours non-stop. You can wear one for 45 minutes.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 24, 2020
Thursday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the passage of legislation permanently repealing N.Y. Penal Law 240.35(4) which made it a criminal violation for groups of individuals to wear masks in public.
“Wearing masks in public remains necessary for the health and safety of New Yorkers. But there was a clear conflict of law, and repealing this outdated provision is commonsense policy,” said Attorney General James. “Even if it is difficult to imagine a police department enforcing, a prosecutor charging, or a judge upholding such a charge during the COVID-19 crisis, we should not tolerate a situation where following the law is dangerous. I thank Senator Bailey and Assemblymember Quart for their leadership and for permanently repealing this law.”