Gov. Cuomo: Businesses can deny entry to people not wearing masks/face coverings

Gov. to sign executive order
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Posted at 12:01 PM, May 28, 2020

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.

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 But there was a clear conflict of law, and repealing this outdated provision is commonsense policy,” said Attorney General James.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.”