Onsite employees of businesses that remain open during the COVID-19 state of emergency must wear protective masks starting Wednesday, according to a new state order. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued the executive order Sunday to all "essential businesses" operating in the state. Essential businesses are those that the state government has exempted from a previous order that businesses have 100% of their employees offsite. the state government included insurance on the list of essential businesses.
The new order stated:
For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.
Insurance agencies and brokerages that are still having face-to-face contact with customers or members of the public should distribute masks to employees who have that contact as soon as possible. The order takes effect at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15. Violation of the order is a misdeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.