WASHINGTON

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he is ordering all residents to wear masks when they are unable to maintain social distancing in public as the hard-hit state moves to a “new normal” in the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo’s executive order will not include civil penalties initially, and enforcement will be left to local governments following a three-day period to allow residents be compliant.

But the governor said he expects residents to adhere to it, and while he does not want to impose a penalty currently he is open to doing so if his order goes un-obeyed.

“If you

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