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New Yorkers React As Order Requiring Masks Be Worn in Public Comes Into Effect

New Yorkers wore masks while walking through a nearly-empty Times Square on Friday, hours before the implementation of a rule making outdoor mask-wearing compulsory in New York State.

“I don’t like it. But it’s keeping us safe, I guess,” New Yorker Lauren said of the rule, announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday.

“In the beginning I wasn’t but now yes, I’ve definitely prepared myself,” New Yorker Martin said.

According to the rule, New Yorkers over the age of two must wear face masks when social distancing is not possible, including on public transport, in shops and on crowded sidewalks. The rule is expected to take effect at 20:00 (00:00 GMT) local time Friday, according to reports.

New York City has 123,146 cases of coronavirus and 11,477 related deaths as of Friday evening, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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