UPDATED 1:42 PM PT — Thursday, May 28, 2020
Businesses in New York will be allowed to deny customers entry if they aren’t wearing a mask. That’s according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who recently announced he will sign an executive order to give business owners that authority.
He has said he hopes the order will reduce conflict between store owners and customers who refuse to wear masks.
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
The move came after businesses began to reopen in parts of the state this week.
“When we’re talking about reopening stores and places of business, we’re giving the store owners the right to say, ‘If you’re not wearing a mask, you can’t come in,’” stated Cuomo. “That store owner has a right to protect themselves (and)…the other patrons in that store.”
New York already requires people to wear masks when going out in public.
“Health care workers wear masks for five plus hours non-stop,” the governor added on Twitter. “You can wear one for 45 minutes.”
Wear a mask it’s cool.
And that’s official. pic.twitter.com/mge4OWg8J4
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 27, 2020