To comply with Governor Cuomo's face covering order from Friday, the Board of Directors has voted that all residents, employees and visitors must wear a mask or face covering in the common areas - laundry room, hallways, elevators, lobby, basement, etc. where you may encounter someone else and not be able to social distance adequately. We advise you to take the elevators (our most confined spaces) only with people you reside with. Otherwise wait for the next elevator availability or take the stairs.
Below is information on Governor Cuomo's order.
We appreciate everyone's compliance to flatten the curve and protect each other during these trying times.
Warwick Board of Directors
Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.
G I V E N under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this fifteenth day of April in the year two thousand twenty.
BY THE GOVERNOR
Here are some answers to questions you might have:
What does Cuomo's mask order require?
Cuomo's mask order makes clear that anyone who is out in public New York and is unable to maintain social distance must wear a mask or a face covering over their mouth and nose.
The caveat is important. If you're out for a walk and you don't come within six feet of anyone else, you won't have to wear a mask.
But if you're in a crowded grocery store or picking up a takeout order or in any other situation where you'll be within six feet of someone, you will have to cover your nose an mouth with a mask or covering.
On Thursday, Cuomo said he would add another requirement: Anyone operating or riding on public transit must wear a mask or face covering, as well as anyone operating a for-hire vehicle (taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc.)
"This is a precaution for everyone that I think balances individual liberties with a social conscience," Cuomo said.
When did the order take effect? Friday (April 17) at 8 p.m.
The order will remain in effect until Cuomo chooses to rescind it or until he declares an end to the state's coronavirus emergency, whichever comes first.
Does the mask order apply to everybody?
Almost everybody, yes.
The order applies to everybody over the age of 2. So, yes, even most young children will be required to wear a mask or face covering,
The only exception: If you have some sort of condition that makes covering your face medically intolerable, you don't have to wear a mask in public, according to Cuomo's order.
And what happens if I disobey the order?
Cuomo's executive order in a time of crisis essentially has the effect of law, meaning New York residents are required to follow it as long as on official state emergency exists.