NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave local businesses the power Thursday to deny entry to customers without masks, and the executive order comes as conflicts and even fights have broken out.

Todd Mendiola was riding the M42 on Tuesday when an argument erupted over face masks.

“He’s screaming and yelling, ‘Trump doesn’t wear a mask, neither do I have to wear a mask,'” he said.

He said the bus driver asked a passenger to put a mask on, and that’s when the man started making a scene.

“That’s he got really agitated and just started yelling really loudly. ‘It’s my American right to not have to wear a mask. There’s no law,'” Mendiola told CBS2’s Christina Fan.


To wear or not wear has sparked a polarizing debate.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, said Wednesday that wearing a mask shows a sign of respect for anyone around you.

But as warmer weather brings people outside, believers and skeptics prepare to clash.

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“I do just try to keep my distance and stay away from those who don’t wear masks,” one man said.

“If you want to wear a mask, wear it. If you don’t, you just don’t. I think it’s your personal preference,” another man said.

The governor, concerned by the number of unmasked New Yorkers, brought in Brooklyn natives Chris Rock and Rosie Perez on Thursday to convince people to take CDC recommendations seriously.

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He also signed an executive order, giving store owners the power to refuse customers who don’t wear one.

“Everyone needs to get on board. Everyone, put your arrogance aside, put your ego aside and come together,” Perez said.

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In New Jersey, masks are already required inside essential businesses.

But Gov. Phil Murphy addressed another problem seen more frequently – mask drooping syndrome, where people leave their noses uncovered.

“You got to do the whole shooting match here. You got to make sure over the nose and it comes in under your chin,” he said.

“It is really not about saving yourself,” Mendiola said.

Those who wear masks agree they are doing it to save others.

Comments (20)
  1. Tony Smith says:

    Permission to decide who uses their private property!!!! I wonder if they also got permission to wipe their ass after he’s done with them.

  2. Hugh Murray says:

    Business owners can deny entry to those not wearing a mask. Does this apply to rioters too?

  3. Bart Zoni says:

    Business owners had that right to begin with, unless providing a public service. Why do we allow politicians to celebrate “giving” us rights that we naturally posess?

  4. Philip Aylward says:

    As a Consumer it is my business where I do business

  5. ron says:

    baby doc doesn’t wear a mask, either. Neither does his staff. Neither does fredo. And they pal around together, go out to dinner together, go out and travel around when they know they’re infected, etc. They need to shove it.

  6. Anne Hilliard says:

    This should not be considered extraordinary. Businesses SHOULD be able to turn anybody away.

  7. John F Huppenthal says:

    The case for masks:

    1. A hospital director in Wuhan did a random control test of masking very early in the disease progression: the group wearing N95 masks suffered zero infections despite working intensively with infected patients.

    2. Informed by that study, the staff surging into Wuhan from other provinces, 42,000 in all, wore N95 masks. Outcome? No infections among those 42,000.

    3. With a population and population density comparable to NewYork, Hong Kong, traumatized by SARS in 2003, was prepared for Covid19 despite being on a direct high speed rail line from Wuhan. They masked up 100% in December. Result? Hong Kong has 27 active infections, only 4 deaths and a case fatality rate of 0.4%. By comparison, NYC has 92,400 active infections, 22,000 deaths and a case fatality rate of 11%.

    5. South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore were not able to respond as quickly as Hong Kong, but all four have death rates below 5 by masking up over 95% of their populations.

    Wear a mask, save your life, save other lives.

  8. Joe Kabuki says:

    Expel this asshat.

  9. Alberto Perez says:

    On April 10th, the World Health Organization said, there is “no evidence wearing a mask can protect healthy people from coronavirus.” Earlier this month, The New England Journal of Medicine said “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection.” and “In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

    So, are you going to believe science or believe your gov’t?

    1. letmepicyou says:

      The problem is how thoroughly BOTH have been corrupted.

  10. WTF is cuomo to allow a business to do anything legal. no shirt no shoes no service. King Cuomo making laws, time to through the tea into the NY Harbor. of course you can’t expect much help from NY they weren’t there in 1776 either.

  11. JGalt says:

    The fact that the masks are not effective, and even dangerous is conveniently ignored. The mask gathers viruses, which are too small to be stopped by a cloth mask. Then there is the problem of failure to expell CO2, which you breath out into the mask. They can, and have, already caused hypoxia with disasterous results. I have no objection to libtards/leftists continually wearing masks if it helps to thin the herd.

  12. Mike says:

    Why would a business need a state order to refuse service? Is this a NY thing? In Michigan no order is required for a business to refuse service. Its private property, so they have the right to ask you to leave their place of business already.

    1. ron says:

      As long as you’re not a member of any of the treasured “protected classes.”

  13. Dr. Right says:

    What about bakers the right to decorate the cakes they want?

  14. hugh mongous says:

    Too bad Cuomo did not give those rights to Nursing homes.
    In fact, his executive order said they could not refuse anyone from the home.
    Cuomo killed more Seniors than the terrorists did on 9-11

  15. jim szteiter says:

    I think that Cuomo is a power hungry, left wing nut, idiot, and I think if I was living in NY, I’d be selling what I have and be moving somewhere where their is some sanity. Maybe they need some folks in NY to take to the streets and just start to defy these obnoxious and stupid orders.

    1. lets not go insulting wing nuts 🙂

    2. Admin says:

      Cuomo is a grandstanding, power hungry moron that the people of NY state need to unite against and remove him from power! There NEEDS to be someone who is competent and actually educated to replace this idiot so NY state can become a place people want to move to to live better, not move from for a better life.

      My wife and I are already talking about moving out of NY state and NEVER looking back…we cannot take living here anymore because of all this draconian garbage going on because of this moron!

  16. Uncle Squid says:

    I’m not impressed. let’s see if business have the right to stay open and not require their customers wear masks. Otherwise everybody needs to quit acting like Governer Commie-O is taking some kind of bold action by turning store clerks into enforcers.

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