Chris Rock, Rosie Perez Join Gov. Cuomo To Promote Wearing A Mask

Erica Brosnan
May 28, 2020 - 1:10 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday was joined by actors Rosie Perez and Chris Rock to encourage residents to continue to wear masks in public. 

Perez and Rock, both of Brooklyn, said wearing a mask isn’t just about protection, it’s about respecting others. 

Their joint message came after Cuomo issued an executive order allowing businesses in New York to deny entry to any person not wearing a face covering

Gov. Cuomo said Perez and Rock would continue to help the state promote the message. 

“They’re gonna help communicate this. They’re gonna do advertisements for the state,” the governor said. “They’re gonna help communicate this message that it’s important for an individual’s health, for a families health and it’s important for all our health.”

The actors’ advertisements will be played throughout the state, similar to the recent “Wear A Mask” PSA video contest winners.

Perez told reporters in Brooklyn that it was an “honor” to be a part of the advertising campaign. 

“I’m proud to be partnering with the governor to make sure that my hometown, my borough – my beloved borough – and all of New York is safe,” she said. 

Perez said she was excited to “spread the word about what we all have to do to beat this virus.”

She pleaded for people to wear face masks, saying "the numbers in our communities are staggering. This is not a joke, this is not a hoax, this is real."

Comedian and actor Rock told the governor he was grateful for his leadership and noted that Cuomo brings him “calm” and “joy” amidst the crisis.

He joked about his negative coronavirus test saying he received a “65, so I just passed.”

Rock told New Yorkers that the measures they are taking are working and they should not stop now. 

“When the doctor prescribes antibiotics, he says ‘take the whole prescription’ and if you stop, whatever you came in there for is going to come back worse. Social distancing is what was the prescription and we need to take the whole dose or else it’s going to get worse,” he said.

Cuomo, after announcing his executive order, said that while “people have a right to jeopardize their own health,” they “don’t have a right to jeopardize other people’s health.”

The Democratic governor has repeatedly said mask usage can limit the spread of coronavirus and noted that rates of infection among frontline healthcare workers are lower than that of the general population.

He says if people continue to take precautions, New York will overcome the virus. 

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