Governor Hochul Brings Back NY Mask Mandate Amid COVID Surge
In an effort to help curb the winter COVID surge and keep business open, New York is putting a new mask and proof of vaccination mandate into place.
In a plan announced by Governor Hochul earlier today, the new mandate would require "...masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement." The new mandate will start this Monday, December 13th, and will run through Saturday, January 15th. At the end of the mandate period, the state will assess the need to end or extend the measure based on the COVID climate at that time.
The decision to put the mandate into play was made based on increasing hospitalizations and a rise in the 7-day infection rate. Governor Hochul added "As Governor, my two top priorities are to protect the health of New Yorkers and to protect the health of our economy. The temporary measures I am taking today will help accomplish this through the holiday season."
It is hard to believe we are back at this point where mass mandates are deemed necessary, but hopefully the idea of getting in front of the surge with a mask mandate has the positive effect everyone is looking for. The last thing anyone wants to see is any hinderance to the economy because of COVID.
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