Mayor: City workers must wear face coverings while on duty

New enforcements were made over the weekend for city workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2020, 11:27 AM

Updated 1,502 days ago

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New enforcements were made over the weekend for city workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.
Starting today, Mayor Bill de Blasio is requiring all city workers who come in contact with the public while on duty to wear face coverings.
During a press conference Sunday, the mayor acknowledged that this week "will not be easy." Adding that it is important all front line workers get the supplies they need and that those supplies are conserved.
"This week will be one where we will be very dynamic and precise, making sure that each hospital gets what it needs in those categories, but for the next week, we absolutely must have resupply in surgical gowns and face shields. I’ve had this conversation with the White House. We are continuing to press federal government. We'll, of course, press the state government, private sector. We're contracting wherever we can, but trying to get the deliveries in on time which is always a challenge in this environment right now," says Mayor de Blasio.
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The city also established a new initiative to hire New Yorkers to do crucial work in the hospital systems, starting with helping the public hospitals.
The mayor says his office is also going to be expanding that effort, working with the voluntary and independent hospitals as well.


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