NEW YORK – New York State is adopting the new federal masking guidelines for those who are fully Vaccinated.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the news during a press briefing on Monday morning.
He says the new policy, officially recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, will go into effect on Wednesday.
“What we do today really is going to define what tomorrow is all about,” Cuomo said. “At no other point, in my memory, where the future of the state was so dependent on the decisions and the actions that we take today.”
“This post-COVID reality is going to be shaped and formed by what we do,” furthered Cuomo. “This is happening all across the county, this is happening all across the globe — we’re reopening the world reopening economies.”
The new guidance says that vaccinated Americans could stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.
New York’s mask mandate dates to April 2020, when Cuomo first required everyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask when out in public or unable to distance themselves from others.