Last updated on November 17th, 2022 at 08:21 pm

mask mandateCiting a 94% statewide drop in positive COVID cases from December and a 63% drop in hospitalizations from last month, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday Feb. 9th that NYS will lift its indoor mask and proof of vaccination requirements enacted in December, allowing counties, cities and businesses to make their own decisions with respect to masks or vaccination requirement.

As per Gov. Hochul’s announcement the NYS mask mandate will continue at:

• schools,
• state health care facilities, hospitals,
• correctional faculties,
• on buses, trains and in airports, which are regulated by the federal government.

What does this mean for mandates currently in effect in NYC?

  • NYC’s “Key to NYC” mandate requiring proof of vaccination remains in effect. The executive order has repeatedly been renewed by Mayor Eric Adams since he took office.
  • It’s up to private businesses if they will continue to require patrons to wear a mask to enter.
  • Masks are still required on buses, trains and in airports,
  • The vaccine mandates NYC has rolled out for private-sector and city workers, are also still in effect.