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'No mask, no service' rule is OK for businesses, Cuomo says

Chris Rock and Rosie Perez joined Cuomo at his Thursday news conference.
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Chris Rock and Rosie Perez joined Cuomo at his Thursday news conference.

NEW YORK (AP & WXXI News) Business owners in New York will be able to deny entry to people not wearing masks or face coverings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

The promised executive order from Cuomo comes as restrictions on shops are beginning to loosen around the state, though not yet in New York City.

``We're giving the store owners the right to say, `If you're not wearing a mask, you can't come in.''' Cuomo said at his daily briefing. ``That store owner has a right to protect themselves. That store owner has a right to protect the other patrons in that store.''

Cuomo said his new order will reduce conflicts between shop owners and customers who refuse to cover their faces.

The immediate effect of the order is unclear. Many stores already require patrons to wear masks.

Face coverings are already required in New York when people are out in public and near others. There was no new word on Thursday from the governor on when regions around the state, like the Finger Lakes, who are now in Phase 1 of the reopening process can move on to Phase 2. The earliest that could happen would be Friday.

Chris Rock and Rosie Perez also joined Cuomo at the news conference to help promote the wearing of masks, social distancing and coronavirus testing. The briefing was held at a Boys & Girls Club in Brooklyn.

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