ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that schools no longer need to enforce a mask mandate when students are outdoors.
Cuomo said that he spoke with CDC officials and they “agreed” with the idea that the New York school attendees no longer need to wear masks outside. However, the school districts themselves have the final call in regards to whether they want to allow students to go maskless in open-air environments.
“They were comfortable with [lifting] the outside mask requirement, they weren’t comfortable [lifting] the inside mask requirement,” said Cuomo, in reference to the CDC.
Governor Cuomo continued by stating that he believed schools should be vaccinating 12-to-17-year-olds as soon as possible.
Cuomo also announced that he will lift COVID-based restrictions when the state hits a 70% vaccination threshold. Currently, 68.6% of New Yorkers have received a COVID jab.
The governor estimated that the state will pass the 70% mark in eight days. His associates estimated between one to three weeks.