Sunday April 12, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo Announced that essential businesses would be required to provide masks to all employees. Later in the day the written Executive Order was released clarifying exactly the extent of what was required.
Executive Order No. 202.16 requires businesses to provide employees who are present in the workplace with face coverings at the employer's expense. It also requires employees who are in direct contact with customers or members of the public to wear face coverings. The Executive Order has no definition of what exactly constitutes face coverings or masks however CDC has provided guidance on masks.
These new requirements go into effect on Wednesday April 15, 2020 at 8 p.m. and permit local governments and law enforcement to enforce the Order.
For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.