On April 15, 2020 I woke up to the below email:
Type: Informational Message
Description of Informational Message: Executive Order 202.16 Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees
Source Organization: NYSDOH
Authorizing Person: Daniel Kuhles
Sender’s Jurisdiction: State
Notification ID: 103173
Date of Informational Message: 04/14/2020
This informational message contains interim guidance on executive order 202.16 requiring face coverings for public and private employees interacting with the public during the COVID-19 outbreak.
All PrescribersClinical Labs
Diagnostic and Treatment Centers
Schools, Daycares and Colleges
BCDC 09 – LHD’s, Regions, NYSDOH-LHD’s, Regions, NYSDOH CCH
BCDC 13 – Internal Distribution-All who should be notified including exec staff, regions, and division
BCDC 16 – Arbo-Weekly Report Distribution List
In short it was saying that in certain facilities in New York we are all required to wear face masks.
At the end of March my brother and I went on record recommending everyone wear face masks in public. Anyone could see how China and other countries were reacting two months ago: everyone was wearing face masks everywhere they went.
If you wait for the authorities to tell you when to take the right steps in crisis you might jeopardize your health and safety.
Always do your homework. Stay ahead of the curve. Use caution. Trust your instincts and act accordingly.