Plattsburgh ahead of curve as New Yorkers advised to wear masks in public

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New York has extended its ‘Stay at Home’ order through May 15, and starting Friday the state’s residents will be required to wear masks or other face coverings in public when social distancing isn’t possible.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read says he’s not worried about his city’s residents because they’re already doing it.

“By doing that so early and creating that understanding that we don’t want to suffer what New York City is suffering, I think that really helped us,” Read said.

Read continues to credit residents’ compliance with public health measures for helping slow the spread.

“We got out early with the face mask policy, with social distancing, with shutting down the workplace, the curfews,” he said. “Every single policy we’ve done have been well before others have done them.”

Read says nursing homes still need more protection and suggests a state order that would limit employees from working at more than one facility.

He says more information around test results and transparency about outbreaks will also improve the city’s response.

“That’s the kind of information and dialogue that we really need to have because we have tools to be able to make that point if only we’re part of the process,” Read said.

If you violate the mask order, you could face a misdemeanor offense and up to a $1,000 fine. Mayor Read said the city is hoping to avoid enforcement, and will push education around the policy.

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