New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sign an executive order that requires everyone in the state to wear a mask or a mouth/nose covering in public when not social distancing, he said Wednesday.
“For example, if a person is riding on public transit where it is impossible to maintain social distancing, or walking on a busy sidewalk, "you must wear a face covering or a mask," he said.
It would apply to people on public transit, including subways and buses, as well as in public spaces like grocery stores, he said.
"You're right to go out for a walk in the park, go out for a walk because you need to get out of the house. Don't infect me. You don't have a right to infect me," he said.
He said he hopes New Yorkers follow the rule "because it makes sense."
There will be a three-day notice period before the order is enforced, allowing New Yorkers to secure masks or coverings. He said he is considering a civil penalty for those who break the rule.