New York's mask mandate takes effect

Saturday marked the first day that the State's mask mandate went into effect. On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order mandating that everyone in a public setting is required to wear a mask.

Posted: Apr 18, 2020 6:18 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2020 8:25 PM

UTICA, N.Y. --- Saturday marked the first day that the state's mask mandate went into effect. On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order mandating that everyone in a public setting is required to wear a mask.

The mandate requires you to wear a mask only for situations where you cannot maintain 6 feet. For example going to the grocery store or public transportation.

NEWSChannel 2 went out to local grocery stores, to speak with residents about what they think of the new mandate. Many said it'll take some getting used to, but it's something they feel is necessary.

"Everybody feels the same about it. Nobody wants to do it, but it's one of those things that we don't wanna do, but we've got to do," said Deborah Curriere.

The Governor said on Wednesday that there is not currently a penalty for failing to wear a mask in public. Cuomo said that if people continue to not abide by the order, he will have law enforcement issue "civil penalties" to those who don't comply.

Some stores locally are asking customers to wear masks inside while shopping. Chanatry's in New Hartford is one of those stores. There are some people that believe the masks aren't the most important measure that the community should be taking.

John Ryczek said he believes social distancing is more important.

"I don't think the masks are going to make a difference. I think social distancing,  if you're sick will make a difference and not just COVID sick. I mean any kind of sick. I think if you're doing social distancing that should be enough," said Ryczek. 

The mandate is in effect until further notice. For the latest information regarding the spread of COVID-19, stay tuned to WKTV.com for the latest updates.

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