Strict mask mandate will end in New York State

One of the most popular topics on all forms of social media in recent months and dating back to 2020 has been state, county and city mask mandates across the country, in response to spikes in constantly evolving COVID-19.

Some states have recently dropped some mask mandates, such as California and New Jersey, and according to a New York Times report, New York will follow this trend to end some mask mandates.

The New York Times reports tonight that New York Governor Kathy Hochul will announce tomorrow (Wednesday, February 9) that the current statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces will end.

The mandate stated that all indoor public spaces in New York State require everyone to wear a mask, except for businesses that had a proof of vaccination requirement. The decision was made in December, when the state was dealing with a huge spike in COVID-19 cases, largely due to the Omicron variant.

The mask warrant is due to expire on Thursday, and it looks like Governor Hochul will simply leave that expiration date without an extension.

This does not mean that the separate mask mandate in New York schools will expire, as that expiration date is February 21. This decision has not yet been made.

As for here in Western New York, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released a statement Tuesday that Erie County will follow suit with Governor Hochul and New York State in dropping his mask mandate.

The mask mandate went into effect for Erie County on Nov. 23.

However, employees and guests of county-owned facilities would still have a mask mandate, at least until the end of February.

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