New York City is one of the worst affected areas in the new coronavirus pandemic, according tomedia. The huge population, the widespread use of public transport, and the complexity of arranging tests and treatments for a large population have led to a rapid increase in the number of patients. Now that things are starting to move in the right direction, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make sure the progress is not wasted. To that end, he announced today that he would sign an executive order that would give businesses the power to refuse to provide services to anyone who refuses to wear protective masks.
Cuomo announced his intention to sign the executive order at a news conference. At the same time, he posted the message on Twitter, writing, “Today I signed an executive order that would empower businesses to deny access to people who don’t wear masks or face protection.” No masks – i.e. no entrance. “
This does not mean that those who refuse to wear masks will be turned away, and the decision is in the hands of businesses. In a city like New York, the freedom to choose to put the safety of customers first is important because the police have more important things to do than settle disputes between business owners and those who oppose wearing masks.
Unsurprisingly, the news elicited a different reaction. Those who believe that wearing a mask is an essential part of people’s current reality clapped their hands at the governor’s decision. Others, including those who are reluctant to wear masks, see it as a violation of their rights rather than saving lives.