The New York police department is telling people to take off their masks because criminals are using masks to commit crimes and get away with it.
Face masks, once an essential COVID protective measure, are now being worn by criminals to conceal their identities. That’s according to the New York police department. The recommendation is a 180 degree turn from mask wearing norms at the onset of the pandemic.
During peak periods of infection, federal agencies mandated mask wearing in public places, while many businesses required customers to wear them on the premises. Now, however, some businesses are banning customers from entering the premises with face masks on, saying the policy change is needed to identify thieves. After numerous incidents, the New York police department is urging business owners to make shoppers remove their face masks and flash their features before being let in.