Cuomo Signs E.O. Allowing Businesses To Refuse Service To People Not Wearing Masks

Written by K. Walker on May 29, 2020

But bakers who hold religious convictions about marriage still can’t refuse to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, right?

Business owners in New York can now discriminate against a customer for refusing to wear a mask, but if a baker has deeply-held religious views and doesn’t want to create a centerpiece for a wedding ceremony that they believe is against God’s laws, well, they’re out of luck.

Ok. As long as we’re clear on the double-standards right up-front we can proceed.

On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo(D) signed an Executive Order allowing businesses to refuse entry to any customer who doesn’t wear a mask or other face-covering in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This comes after a bunch of mask-wearing customers mask-shamed an unmasked woman in a grocery store in Staten Island.

Cuomo sided with the right of businesses to refuse service and the loud, angry mob going after a woman looking to buy groceries the way that we used to just a few weeks ago.

“That store owner has a right to protect himself,” Cuomo said at his daily coronavirus briefing. “That store owner has a right to protect the other patrons in that store.

“You don’t want to wear a mask, fine, but you don’t have a right to go into that store if that store owner doesn’t want you to,” he added.

So…this is all about the rights of business owners? I thought that Democrats like Cuomo put the rights of customers ahead of the rights of business owners. He and his shack-up honey, Sandra Lee, were very disappointed that the Supreme Court found in favor of Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cake Shop for refusing to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding–and during Pride Month, no less! This was consistent with Cuomo’s earlier stance that “extreme conservatives…have no place in the state of New York.”

Governor Cuomo has been very vocal about mask use all of a sudden.

He lectures about it in his daily briefings to the press, and he’s been tweeting about it, too.

It’s one of his most frequent topics lately. Interestingly, his mask advocacy is equal parts lecturing and shaming.

But don’t be deceived–there is method to his sudden mask madness.

Watch Governor Cuomo lecture about masks:

The executive order means “law enforcement has the legal authority to arrest individuals for failing to adhere to a private business’ mask or face covering requirement,” Biscone said.

“All signs point to the order giving law enforcement the mechanism they need to make an arrest and to enforce the order,” he said. “At the very least, Governor Cuomo’s order is a robust gesture of support for businesses that are being pressured to not be so strict about mask-wearing.”

But it’s unlikely that police officers will be slapping handcuffs on uncooperative customers, unless they get violent, said Raymond Scheppach, a public policy professor at the University of Virginia.
Source: NBC News

The natural comparison of denying entry for not having your face covered is to the “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” policies, but it isn’t the same. The masks are to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but what if someone has already had it and has antibodies? Do they still have to wear a mask? Apparently, in the North American epicenter, the answer is “yes.”

Masks are used to prevent an infected person from spreading the virus and, (especially the homemade variety,) don’t do much to protect the wearer from contracting the virus. Ill-fitting masks are actually a problem because they fall down and people are touching their faces more in order to adjust the mask.

Despite what Governor Cuomo says, the science isn’t “settled” on mask-use–even experts disagree on the efficacy. Dr. Fauci is now saying that he is wearing a mask as a “symbol” of what people should do.

Several conservative pundits are saying that the mask is a new symbol of the Resistance–it’s like the anti-MAGA hat. I’m not sure if that’s the case for everyone at the moment, but that may be the end result of coerced mask-use.

I think that the reason for the sudden push for mask use is a much simpler one–it’s a distraction.

Governor “Grandma Killer” Cuomo has taken heat for his policies regarding nursing homes now that it’s been made clear how devastating the effects have been.

Cuomo had:

Now, he’s trying to shift blame to the federal government pointing to the CDC guidelines and is now blasting the New York Post for reporting on his policies.

Cuomo is saying that masks are vitally important for stopping the spread of COVID-19 and are necessary “if it saves one life.” He means that, too. What the governor is not saying is that the life he is trying to protect is his own political one.

It’s shameful.

No wonder he doesn’t want to show his face.


ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker