New York’s indoor mask mandate for businesses will be lifted Thursday

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New York State’s statewide indoor mask mandate will be lifted when it expires on Thursday.

“New Yorkers, this is what we’ve waited for. Tremendous progress after two long years. We’re not done, but this is trending in a very, very good direction,” Governor Kathy Hochul introduced Wednesday.

For the final two months, prospects and staff have been required to cover their faces or present proof of COVID-19 vaccination in most indoor settings. As CBS New York reports, the change marks a promising shift within the combat towards the coronavirus pandemic.

“New Yorkers did the right thing to get through the winter surge, and we can now lift the statewide mask-or-vaccine requirement for indoor businesses starting tomorrow,” Hochul said. “Counties, cities and businesses can still choose to require masks.”

But the governor stated she’s not but prepared to finish the mask mandate for colleges. In the meantime, colleges will ship check kits house with college students heading into their upcoming break. State well being officers will proceed to watch the state of affairs and revisit the question in early March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nonetheless recommends masking in colleges, no matter vaccination standing.

“I am fully confident that it will be safe to have kids take off masks in school, particularly in schools with high vaccination rates,” Dr. Megan Ranney, of Brown University of Public Health, stated. “My worry is that we’re not quite there yet.”

Even after the indoor mask mandate is lifted, everybody should nonetheless put on masks on public transit.

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