Gov. Hochul: New York lifts school mask mandate Wednesday
Gov.  Hochul: New York lifts school mask mandate Wednesday

Gov. Hochul: New York lifts school mask mandate Wednesday

ALBANY, NY (WROC) – Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Sunday that the nationwide masking requirement in schools will be lifted with effect from Wednesday.

In an afternoon COVID-19 briefing, the governor cited declining COVID-19 cases and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gov. Hochul said counties and cities could keep their own mandates in place, and parents could still choose to send their children to school in masks.

According to the governor, the new rules, which take effect on Wednesday, apply to children aged 2 and older in childcare facilities. New York has about 2.7 million school children nationwide.

Gov. Hochul said masks will still be required in certain settings, including:

  • State-regulated health environments
  • State-regulated adult care facilities and nursing homes
  • The Prison and Probation Service
  • Homeless shelters
  • Refugees for domestic violence
  • Buses and bus stations, trains and train stations, subways and metro stations, planes and airports

Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can calmly take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined a new set of community-based measures where COVID-19 eases its grip, with less focus on positive test results and more on what’s happening in hospitals.

“Anyone is certainly welcome to wear a mask at any time if they feel more comfortable wearing a mask,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a news briefing. “We want to make sure our hospitals are OK and that people do not come in with serious illness. Anyone can go to the CDC’s website, find out the extent of illness in their community and make that decision.”

The governor said earlier that the state’s decision on the school mask mandate would not come until “early March.” It was announced earlier this month, then the state’s mask mandate for indoor public places was repealedbut Governor Hochul said the CDC’s updated guidance Friday, combined with current COVID-19 polls and trajectories, led the state to announce the repeal of the school mask mandate Sunday.

The governor began the briefing by announcing and signing a decree preventing the state of New York and its inhabitants from doing business with Russian entities.

“We will open our hearts, homes and resources to the people of Ukraine to say ‘we stand with you,'” Governor Hochul said.

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