Chris Rock, Rosie Perez join Cuomo to push mask use

Published: May. 28, 2020 at 11:09 AM EDT
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined by actors Chris Rock and Rosie Perez Thursday to announce an executive order authorizing businesses in New York to deny entry to people who are not wearing face coverings.

Perez and Rock joined Cuomo for his daily update in Brooklyn, the actors' home borough. They say wearing a mask and getting tested isn't just about protection, but also respect for others. The two will be part of a statewide PSA campaign supporting the governor's executive order. Many stores already require patrons to wear masks. Cuomo says his order will reduce conflicts between shop owners and customers.

"The masks work. They work. And we have to culturalize the masks. We have to customize the mask for New York, to get New Yorkers to wear them," Cuomo said.

It comes as nine of 10 regions in New York state have now qualified for phase 1 of the state's reopening plans. Cuomo announced that Nassau and Suffolk counties could begin reopening parts of their economy. New York City remains the last to meet the seven criteria to reopen.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says businesses that try to reopen before coronavirus restrictions are lifted will face fines starting at $1,000. The mayor said Thursday that businesses are not supposed to "make up their own rules and jump the gun." De Blasio said he expects the city to enter Phase 1 during the first two weeks of June. But some merchants either have already opened their businesses or have said they plan to.

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