Will CNY Stores Stop People From Entering Without a Mask?
Last week, Governor Cuomo issued an order requiring New Yorkers to wear a mask when in public and unable to socially distance. Does this mean stores won't let you in without one?
The executive order doesn't specify any penalties for not complying with the order, it just says we "shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance."
What if someone heads to the grocery store without a mask? Are employees expected to prevent them from entering?
The CDC says the point of masks is to prevent asymptomatic people with the virus from spreading it to others. "The virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms."
Several Central New York businesses have posted signs on their doors stating that customers need a mask to enter, while others are actively manning entrances to ensure compliance. Some have even removed those not in compliance.
What has your experience been?