New York to lift its mask mandate! Joins Democratic states such as California, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and Oregon in rolling back rules as COVID infections fall
- New York Gov. Kath Hochul is expected to end New York’s strict in-door mask mandate on Wednesday as COVID infection rates continue to fall
- It joins other Democratic-led states like New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Delaware and Oregon in removing the mask mandates
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul will drop the state’s strict indoor mask mandate on Wednesday as coronavirus cases continue to fall in New York and across the nation.
The mask mandate, which sparked heated debate throughout the state, required businesses to ask customers for proof of full vaccination or require mask-wearing indoors at all times.
The mandate was supposed to be under review come its expiration on Thursday, but people briefed on the matter told The New York Times that Hochul will let the mandate lapse as other Democratic-led states like New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Delaware and Oregon have announced an end to similar mandates.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to end the state’s strict mask mandate on Wednesday
The state on Sunday reported its lowest positivity rate since omicron was identified as a worrisome variant. It came after the largest spike in cases in early January
The US has seen a dramatic decrease in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks
New Jersey Gov. Philip Murphy was the first to announce a change in pandemic-related mandates on Monday when he said students and school employees in the state will no longer be required to wear masks.
Connecticut officials announced the end of their masks in school mandate by February 28, and Delaware officials said their mandate would end by March 31.
The Golden State is set to lift its indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people on February 15, though face coverings will still be required at school and other high-risk settings such as on public transit and in nursing homes, health officials said Monday.
Unvaccinated people will still be expected to wear masks indoors and health officials are currently working to reframe mask guidance for schoolchildren, state leaders said Monday.
California had temporarily lifted its indoor mask mandate for inoculated residents last fall when vaccines became available to the vast majority of adults.
However, it reintroduced the guidance last December amid a surge of cases.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also announced on Monday that the state would do away with its mask requirements by no later than March 31.
Newsom tweeted that the mask requirement will not be renewed after the state’s case rate dropped dramatically and hospitalizations have stabalized