Covid 19 coronavirus: London and New York residents urged to wear face masks or face coverings 18 Apr 2020 .
Residents in London and New York are being told to cover their faces with masks or other items of clothing to protect against coronavirus.
New rules requiring New York residents to cover up go into effect today, as social distancing measures have been extended for another month by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Everyone must wear a mask when in a public place and unable to maintain a distance from others. Children under 2 and those with medical reasons are exempt in the city.
New York has been in lockdown since May 22 and will stay that way until at least May 15 as it battles the worst coronavirus outbreak in the US.
Earlier this month the US Centre for Disease Control recommended wearing face masks in public but states have made their own rules and President Donald Trump said he would not do it.