There will be a three-day notice period before the order is enforced, allowing New Yorkers to secure masks or coverings. He said he is considering a civil penalty for those who break the rule.
“You see the flattening of the curve,” Cuomo said. “We’re not out of the woods … but we can control the spread.”
The pandemic is still a serious public health issue, but the “health situation has stabilized,” Cuomo said.
Given that stabilization, New York will send 100 ventilators to Michigan and 50 to Maryland in an effort to mitigate death rates there, he said.
“I will never forget the generosity people across the country showed our state,” he said.
Cuomo said there will be a phased reopening of New York until a vaccine is available. Reopening will be based on public safety and the infection rate, he said. All states are having a hard time bringing coronavirus testing to scale quickly, Cuomo said Wednesday.
“Every governor is now in the same situation,” he said, citing conversations with his counterparts across the country.
The states need assistance from the federal government to bring testing to scale, he said, adding “the more testing, the more opening of the economy.”