Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he would order all New Yorkers to wear masks out in public under the assumption that doing so will help limit the spread of coronavirus in that state.
"If you are going to be in a situation, in public, where you come into contact with other people in a situation that is not socially distanced you must have a mask or a cloth covering nose and mouth," Cuomo said in a press conference on Wednesday.
The governor clarified that the mask rule will apply to "any situation in public where you cannot maintain social distancing," suggesting that there are circumstances in which New Yorkers may be able to forego a mask while in public. Cuomo said he is not yet instituting a penalty for non-compliance of the order.