The meeting comes as NY state, the state hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, begins to phase into reopening.
Cuomo said that starting Sunday, all professional sports teams in New York State will be able to begin holding training camps.
The ostensible objective of his Wednesday White House visit is to woo President Donald Trump on supporting infrastructure projects like a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, which Cuomo has said are key to reinvigorating the state economy. "Any other time and place when we lose 73 New Yorkers, it's tragic", Cuomo said. "That store owner has a right to protect themselves".
Cuomo was spotted outside the White House Wednesday morning ahead of his scheduled meeting wearing a blue surgical mask and flanked by masked aides. We want you up.
The immediate effect of the order is unclear. "Mi gente, wear a mask please".
NY shoppers better not forget their mask at home. "It's a status symbol, almost, to not wear a mask".
Across the US there are similar orders requiring face masks when inside businesses in several other states and cities.
Actress Rosie Perez, who was a guest with Cuomo along with actor Chris Rock at Thursday's briefing, said that it's doubly important to comply with the executive order for the sake of others' mental health. NY state, one of the country's hardest-hit regions, is also resuming some business operations and the use of some public spaces, including sports leagues, campgrounds and veterinarian offices.
"Number of new COVID cases down to the lowest level since this ever started, just about 200. He makes me proud to be from New York", Perez said.
The New York Stock Exchange reopened after two months but Cuomo doesn't think it will "bounce back". De Blasio said he expects the city to enter Phase 1, including construction, manufacturing and retail with curbside pickup, during the first two weeks of June. Not to forget what some experts have said, the second wave of the virus is expected once the life of people resumes and once all the business reopens for the public.
"I see hipsters and yuppies walking around without a mask", she said.
"They showed up because I asked them to show up", he said.