Cuomo says wearing a mask is 'cool'

Cuomo says wearing a mask is 'cool'
© Getty Images

Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoJudge strikes down New York's indoor mask mandate Hochul raises .6 million since launching gubernatorial campaign Former aide says she felt 'abandoned' by Democrats who advanced Garcetti nomination as ambassador to India MORE (D) urged New Yorkers to take part in a “cool” new trend — wearing a mask. 

“Wearing a mask is now cool. I believe it's cool,” Cuomo said Tuesday during his daily briefing. 

He added that if he could sign an executive order saying so, he would.


“You don't have to have a boring mask like my mask. I'm a boring guy,” he added. “They have color masks, they have masks that say things. Some people coordinate their outfits with the color of their mask.” 

Cuomo said New Yorkers should encourage others to wear masks, too. 

“That does not mean when someone doesn't wear a mask we should be rude to that person or be obnoxious to that person, but this has got to be part of every New Yorker’s fashion and design and clothing and outfitting,” he said. 

The governor said personal behavior will guide the trajectory of the coronavirus. 

He warned that if people don’t follow guidelines, including wearing masks, maintaining distance with others and frequently washing their hands, the virus will spread. 

“It makes a real difference. And if you think that's all talk, answer for me why all the first responders have a lower infection rate than the general population? The only difference is they wore a mask and they wore the PPE,” Cuomo said. 

Cuomo urged New Yorkers statewide to continue following guidelines. 

Cuomo has started lifting restrictions on most parts of New York, but the hardest-hit New York City has not entered phase one of the state’s reopening plan.