New York Rolls Back COVID-19 Requirements, Ends Mask Mandate

Pexels Image.

ALBANY – New York is rolling back certain COVID-19 mitigation requirements, including bringing an end to the revived statewide mask mandate, leaving future requirements up to localities.

Governor Kathy Hochul confirmed the news during a briefing on Wednesday, saying the mandate will end on Thursday.








That mandate previously required businesses to ask customers for proof of vaccination, or for them to wear masks indoors, except when eating or drinking.

Hochul issued the mask-or-vaccine order for all indoor businesses in December 2021 as the Omicron variant caused a large increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. That wave of new cases peaked about a month ago, and has since receded.









Two weeks ago, a judge struck down the mandate, saying the Department of Health did not have the authority to put it in place, but an appeals court judge allowed it to stay in effect.

Hochul, earlier this week, met with teachers, school superintendents and parents to thank them for keeping schools safe and open; and to discuss how to continue to “smartly” protect against COVID-19.















She says the mask requirement will still be in place at state facilities and school and childcare centers.

 

Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WNY News Now mobile app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

 

Have a news tip? Email newsdesk@WNYNewsNow.com, send us a message on Facebook, or Twitter.

WNY News Now encourages an open exchange of opinions and ideas on our stories, however, we ask everyone to follow our comment policy.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.