Coronavirus News: New York's face covering rule now in effect

ByEyewitness News via WABC logo
Saturday, April 18, 2020
EMBED <>More Videos

All New Yorkers are required to wear face masks or coverings beginning tonight. Candace McCowan has the details.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- All New York state residents who are in situations where they cannot maintain social distance are now required to wear a mask or face covering when out in public. The order went into effect at 8 p.m. on Friday.

For MTA passengers, that means putting a mask on before boarding.

In announcing the requirement, Governor Andrew Cuomo pointed not just to mass transit, but said wearing a face covering is required during even private car service, including Uber and taxis.

"Is this inconvenient? Yes," the governor said. "But you're in a closed environment, by definition. You're not socially distancing, by definition. This is a precaution for everyone that I think balances individual liberties with a social conscience."

MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGE

UPDATES

Grieving the lost: Tri-State residents who have died

New Jersey

Connecticut

New York City

Long Island

RESOURCES

Where are the testing centers

See how our communities are making a difference

Free educational resources for parents and children

How you can help victims of coronavirus

RELATED INFORMATION

Share your coronavirus story with Eyewitness News

Stimulus check scams and other coronavirus hoaxes

Coronavirus prevention: how clean are your hands?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus

Total count of NYC COVID-19 cases based on patient address