The Governor said that allowing homeless people to stay on the subways in the middle of a global pandemic with no masks, and no protective equipment was "letting them endanger their own life and endanger the lives of others," which he said was "not helping anyone."
Cuomo said he had spoken to the MTA on Tuesday and that they have two days to deliver a full plan on how they will disinfect every train, every night.
"Any essential worker who shows up and gets on a train should know that that train was disinfected the night before. We want them to show up, we don't want them to stay home, we owe it to them to be able to say, the train you ride, the bus you ride has been disinfected and is clean."
When asked if the state would provide funding to the MTA for the cleaning plan, Cuomo responded: "It’s realistic. It’s an essential. How realistic is it? What’s the alternative?"
In a statement, the transportation authority announced that no person is permitted to remain in a station for more than an hour, and amid a public health emergency, no person can remain on a train or on the platform after an announcement that the train is being taken out of service. Finally, wheeled carts greater than 30 inches in length or width, including shopping and grocery carts, are banned.
MTA exec Sarah Feinberg said officials would submit a plan as Cuomo requested on Thursday, but noted that officials have limited resources available to tackle the problem.
"If I had an unlimited workforce and unlimited resources, I think we all agree that we’d be cleaning and disinfecting cars every couple of hours, but we are such a large city, such a large fleet, such a large system, that exercise like that are difficult if not impossible."
Also on Wednesday, Cuomo announced that New York would begin offering free CCP virus antibody testing to more than 150,000 health care workers and first responders who are battling the pandemic on the front lines.