NYC Mayor Says Shoppers In Masks Are Hiding From Cops, Not COVID 

  • During an interview with 1010-WINS, the NYC Mayor explained, “Do not allow people to enter the store without taking off their face mask and then once they’re inside they can continue to wear if they so desire to do so. … When you see these mask-wearing people, oftentimes it’s not about being fearful of the pandemic. It’s fearful of the police catching [them] for their deeds.”
  • The facial recognition initiative is designed not just to combat shoplifting but to aid police in identifying repeat offenders and suspects who might also be tied to other, potentially more serious, criminal activity.
  • Adams went on to say that his intent was not to make anyone feel unsafe, adding that after lowering their mask upon entry, shoppers who wanted to put their masks back on due to concerns over their health would be permitted to do so.