In her daily Covid 19 briefing this morning, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the state will lift the mask-or-vaccine requirement for indoor businesses and venues, effective Thursday. (February 10th)
Counties, cities and businesses will be allowed to make their own respective decisions for masking or vaccine requirements if they choose to do so, according to the governor.
“The storm clouds are parting, just as the COVID clouds are parting,” Gov. Hochul said. “Our COVID numbers are declining on many fronts.”
The state’s indoor mask mandate has been in effect since December 13 and requires masks to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.