COVID-19: NYC Quote of the Day 2020-04-17

Thursday, April 16, 2020, NYS Gov. Cuomo - The Masks Work

Wearing a mask is one of the best things that we can do. And I understand Iím getting a lot of not-happy phone calls about wearing a mask in public. I do not consider it a major burden and it really is a simple measure that can save lives. And yes, people say itís a personal intrusion on them, but again, remember itís not just about you, right? I have rights also and my kids have rights and your kids have rights and you have a right for another person to take reasonable safeguards not to get infected.

So the masks work. We said in public today Iím going to include public transportation systems, private transportation carriers, for hire vehicles, any operator of a public system and operator of a private carrier and for hire vehicles must wear a mask at all times. What does this mean? If you get on the bus, you need to wear a mask. If you get an a train, you need to wear a mask. If you get into a private car service, Uber, Lyft, the operator needs to wear a mask. If you get on a private bus, the operator needs to wear a mask and you need to wear a mask on a private carrier. So is this inconvenient? Yes, but youíre in a closed environment. By definition, youíre not socially distancing. By definition, youíre the front seat of a car to a back seat of a car. Youíre one seat in a bus to another seat in the bus.

This is a precaution for everyone that I think balances individual liberties with a social conscience. Ultimately what determines the rate of infection? You do, and I do. Thatís what this all comes down to. As simple as it sounds, itís not about government. Itís not about anything else. Itís about what people decide to do and what people have decided to do. They have brought this infection rate down. Itís that simple.
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