By Dan Katzive
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced Sunday afternoon that the statewide school mask mandate would be lifted for all ages effective this coming Wednesday, March 2. Individual counties and school districts can still opt to maintain masking requirements.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams followed the governor’s announcement with a statement of his own indicating the mask requirement in New York City schools would likely be lifted Monday, March 7.
The governor’s statement noted the sharp decline in New York State cases, including among children, and high vaccination rates in justifying the shift. She also stressed continued testing, noting that 4.8 million tests were sent to school districts for children to bring home ahead of winter break and that an additional 4.8 million would be sent home this week as children return.
The mayor’s statement indicated the city would lift its public school mandate on Monday, March 7, barring “unforeseen spikes,” with a final announcement to come Friday, March 4.
The Mayor also indicated that the city’s “Key2NYC” rules, which require proof of vaccination to access indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues, would also be rolled back at the same time, again contingent on case numbers remaining low this week.
The governor’s order leaves masking requirements in place for healthcare and adult care facilities, nursing homes, correctional facilities, shelters, and transportation facilities, and on buses and trains.