Rosie Perez and Chris Rock are joining the effort to encourage all New Yorkers—especially New York City residents—to wear masks. "I don't care who you voted for, I don't care who you're going to vote for," Perez said as she promoted both mask-wearing and getting tested for coronavirus. "All I care is that we get out of this pandemic as quickly as possible and as safely as possible. Over 100,000 deaths is incredibly heartbreaking."

Perez and Rock appeared with Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in Flatbush, Brooklyn on Thursday morning. After reminding viewers that many poor, outer-borough communities have very high rates of COVID-19 infection, Cuomo said there were 225 testing sites citywide, but "many of these testing sites are underused." Rock said he took a coronavirus test before appearing on the dais, and announced, "I got a 65. I just passed."

Governor Cuomo is joined by Rosie PErez and Chris Rock to announce mask messaging programs

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Chris Rock, Governor Cuomo, and Rosie Perez
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The comedian continued, "People need to get tested. People need to make it a festive occasion. They need to posse up and get tested. Like all the crew is getting tested. And the family should get tested. You know, if you love your grandmother, if you love your elderly mother, your elderly anybody, you should get tested. And it's not just, you know, it's wherever there are poor people, really. It's wherever people are congested. So, yes, it's in East New York. Yes, it's in Brownsville. But, you know, it's also in Gerritsen Beach. It's also in Marine Park. It's also, you know? So, everybody that can get tested should get tested as soon as possible."

The state's website has updated guidance on who can get tested; now, people who are asymptomatic (as in, are not showing symptoms) and would return to work during a Phase 1 reopening can get a COVID-19 test.

Governor Cuomo is joined by Rosie PErez and Chris Rock to announce mask messaging programs

Rosie Perez, wearing a mask that says "Keep Your Distance"

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Rosie Perez, wearing a mask that says "Keep Your Distance"
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Cuomo said that Perez and Rock will appear in an ad about getting tested and wearing a mask. On the governor's new executive order, which allows businesses to deny entry to people who don't wear masks or face coverings, Perez said, "If we can have that precedent made, it's going to lessen the anxiety of going into a store. It's going to lessen, hopefully, the fights that are breaking out in stores when someone sees someone without a mask... Wearing the mask... is not just about respecting you or yourself and your community and your fellow neighbors... it's about respecting the store owners and decreasing the anxiety.... When you see someone lose their temper in the stores, it's because everyone is on their last nerves."

"Getting tested, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands will decrease all those anxieties," Perez added.

"I'm seeing probably 40 percent people wearing masks," Rock said regarding Brooklyn neighborhoods he's observed. "The kids really aren't wearing the masks. It's sad that... our health has become a sort of political issue. It's a status symbol almost not to wear a mask."

Rock gives people who aren't wearing masks a "nice side eye," while Perez tells them, "Hey, do the right thing, wear your mask. C'mon people!"

However, Perez pointed out that ignoring the social distancing guidance wasn't just an issue in poor communities. "We talk about how communities of color, communities of low-income or poor [are disproportionately affected]... when you walk into the communities that are affluent, where you see hipsters and yuppies walking around without a mask, I go what is it, is it arrogance?" Perez wondered. "Is it an arrogant defiant act that you're doing? Do you think you're not going to be affected? Fine, that's your thing, but you're affecting me."

"You know everyone needs to get on board," Perez added. "Put your arrogance aside, put your ego aside. As the governor said, it's about humanity."