New Yorkers are now advised to wear a face covering when outside and near other people, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference today.
De Blasio stressed that it does not mean that New Yorkers should wear a medical mask when outside and that they should be left for healthcare workers.
“It could be a scarf. It could be something you create at home like a bandana," de Blasio said.
The guidance come after a study was released yesterday about asymptomatic spread of coronavirus.
“When you wear the face covering you are protecting everyone else,” de Blasio added.
The order to wear a face covering does not replaces social distancing orders, de Blasio said.