WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. – The Madison County Department of Health is advising essential business owners to deny people entry who are not wearing face coverings, in accordance with the new state requirement.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that starting at 8 p.m. Friday, people must wear face coverings in busy public places to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by those who may not even know they have it.
The new state order leaves enforcement up to the localities.
Madison County will work with local law enforcement and Health Department regulatory staff to address compliance issues. Violations can be reported to the Madison County non-medical COVID-19 Hotline 315-366-2770.
The face coverings do not have to be surgical masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say homemade cloth masks will sufficiently help prevent asymptomatic people from spreading the virus.
The Madison County Department of Health does not have the resources to provide people with cloth masks, so residents are asked to make their own face coverings out of scarves, bandanas, T-shirts or other cotton materials they have on hand.
Directions on how to make and wash the recommended cloth face coverings are available at on the Madison County website. When removing a face covering, be sure not to touch eyes, nose or mouth, and wash hands immediately after.
Face coverings do not have to be placed on children under the age of 2, anyone with medical conditions that affect breathing or anyone who is incapacitated and unable to remove the mask without help.
The CDC says people should still practice social distancing and stay six feet apart, even when wearing a face covering.