New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he will sign an executive order authorizing private businesses to deny people entry if they are not wearing a mask or face covering.

Why it matters: Wearing face masks has become a political symbol for some Americans, despite public health officials urging people to do so to prevent community spread.

What he's saying:

"I have been working to communicate this message about masks and how effective they are. They are deceptively effective. They are amazingly effective. And we've made them mandatory in public settings, public transportation, et cetera."
"But when we talk about reopening stores and places of business, we're giving the store owners the right to say if you're not wearing a mask, you can't come in. That store owner has a right to protect themselves. That store owner has a right to protect the other patrons in that store. You don't want to wear a mask, fine, but you don't have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn't want you to."

Separately, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has made wearing face coverings mandatory statewide for most people over the age of 10 when inside public places such as transportation and retail stores, effective Friday.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 13,127,030 — Total deaths: 573,664 — Total recoveries — 7,280,515Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 3,364,704 — Total deaths: 135,615 — Total recoveries: 1,031,939 — Total tested: 41,004,275Map.
  3. Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans fear a return to school.
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  5. Politics: More Republicans say they're wearing masks.
Jun 27, 2020 - Health

Texas governor regrets opening bars during coronavirus pandemic

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, "If I could go back and redo anything, it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars," as he observes the "aftermath of how quickly the coronavirus spread..." in a radio interview on Friday cited by The Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: Texas has seen a recent surge in confirmed coronavirus cases as the state moved toward reopening, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Abbott allowed bars to reopen starting May 22, at 25% indoor capacity. His shift in tone could be one of many as other states also experience case count spikes and a possible second wave.

Jun 27, 2020 - World

Schools in Italy scheduled to reopen on Sept. 14

Students wearing face masks wait to enter their High School Graduation Exams outside the Liceo Classico Massimo D'Azeglio on June 17 in Turin, Italy. Photo: Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

Schools across Italy are scheduled to reopen starting September 14, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Education Minister Lucia Azzolina announced on Friday.

Why it matters: Parents in Italy started returning to work in early May, per the New York Times, as the country gradually reopened after weathering one of the worst early coronavirus outbreaks in the world.