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Shoppers complying with face mask requirements

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Posted at 11:30 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 23:30:16-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As of 8 p.m. Friday, all New Yorkers must wear face masks to any place where social distancing might not be possible.

"You're walking down the street, you're walking down the street alone, great," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "You're now at an intersection and you're gonna be in proximity with people, put the mask on."

Many Western New Yorkers 7 Eyewitness caught up with, were already complying before the order started. Shoppers on Elmwood Avenue and Tops on South Park Avenue were wearing a variety of masks, including medical masks, bandanas, and homemade cloth ones. Cloth masks should be washed regularly, especially if they're wet or dirty.

Kathy Kennedy of Buffalo started making masks a month ago.

"Well I looked it up online, talked to my cousin who's a great sewer," she said. "I pulled out my sewing machine, which I hadn't used in maybe 15 or 20 years, and I'm getting orders from my family.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown encourages everyone to cover their face when they leave the house, even if social distancing is possible. He said businesses should be on the lookout."

"Would recommend to businesses if someone is not wearing a face covering, ask them not to enter if they are not wearing a mask," he said.

The city said it does not anticipate police needing to step in to help enforce the executive order.

The CDC's website has videos showing how you can make a mask with what you already own.