New York Ends Indoor Mask Mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ended the state’s stringent indoor mask mandate that required businesses to ask customers for proof of vaccination or wear a mask at all times.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ended the state’s stringent indoor mask mandate on Wednesday, rescinding a requirement that businesses ask customers for proof of vaccination or require mask-wearing at all times.

Hochul issued the mask-or-vaccine requirement 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.

Governor Hochul’s move would not affect the mask mandate in New York schools, which expires on Feb. 21 and has become increasingly contentious, sparking heated feuds among parents, teachers, and students over public health and individual liberties.

Neighboring states Connecticut and New Jersey have already announced their plans to lift mask mandates in schools.

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