Bill de Blasio on Thursday failed to say how many NYPD officers have been fined for not wearing masks after he announced they should 'face penalties' for ignoring the mandate.
The mayor on Wednesday said he would start imposing fines on anyone who does not wear a mask in public after the city's COVID-19 infection rate rose above 3 per cent for the first time since June.
He said penalties should also apply to police officers, many of whom have been spotted out and about without a face covering.
'Our officers should be held to the same standard as all citizens, all public standards,' he said in a press conference. 'If they don't, there should be penalties.'
Bill de Blasio had said police officers should be 'held to the same standard as all citizens' and should face penalties for not wearing masks
The mayor on Thursday admitted he did not know how many cops have been penalized so NYPD officers have been spotted out and about without a face covering in recent months. Pictured: Cops at a Brooklyn protest on September 13
De Blasio's remarks comes six months after Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all New York residents to wear masks when social distancing isn't possible.
It is a state law that while in public spaces, everyone over the age of two must wear a face covering or risk fines.
Cuomo earlier this week also questioned why so few members of the NYPD were following the order.
'Why don't the NYPD wear masks? What signal does that send?' the governor said on Tuesday.
'Wearing a mask is the law, but the police officer who's supposed to enforce the law doesn't wear a mask.'
During a press conference on Thursday, de Blasio failed to say how many cops have been fined so far and said he did not know exactly what penalty they would face.
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'There's obviously a range of disciplinary penalties that can be used by the NYPD for this particular offense. We'll get to that right away,' the mayor told reporters.
'They have to live up to the law and people need to see them living up to the law. So I want us to get those numbers out of how many people have been penalized.
'Not because I take joy in it. I'd love it if not a single officer have to be penalized. And there are going to be times where officers literally have to have a mask off, particularly if they're eating or drinking.
'But if there's not a legitimate reason, they should have a