New York businesses can refuse entry to people without masks, governor says

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press briefing on COVID-19 at Madison Boys and Girls Club in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP via Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will give businesses the right to deny entry to people not wearing masks or face coverings.

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

Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City 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.” 

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