NEW YORK — New rules issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring New Yorkers to cover their face in public went into effect at 8 p.m. Friday.
New Yorkers are required to wear face coverings when they are out in public and social distancing is not possible, Cuomo announced Wednesday.
The new mandate requires a mask or face covering on busy streets, public transit or any situation where people cannot maintain six feet of social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.
While the Cuomo rules said people are only required to wear masks or face coverings when unable to observe proper social distancing, like when walking outdoors and passing other people, masks or face coverings are required on public transportation by the MTA.
While masks are acceptable, any face covering will do.
And with nationwide shortages on masks, many are turning to “do-it-yourself” projects.
New Yorkers, like Mina Teslaro, that know how to sew are putting their skills to work.
She’s posted homemade mask tutorials on Instagram and even donated some of the masks she’s made to health care workers. Some tutorials on YouTube teach DIYers how to churn out a mask in no more than 60 seconds.
Experts say if you decide to go the homemade route, be sure to provide coverage from the bridge of your nose to you chin, making sure the mask itself is snug and have layers, preferably of cotton.
But even though face coverings are required, officials have warned previously not to let that lull you into a false sense of security.
“Don’t get a false sense of security that now you don’t have to social distance and you don’t have to take the normal precautions just because you’re wearing a bandana,” Cuomo said previously.