To avoid further infection in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in New York City, members of the NYPD are directed to wear face coverings while on duty regardless of their vaccination status.
The mandate was released in a department-wide email Sunday narrating the new measures for masks that had been previously rolled back to focus on the unvaccinated cops on the job.
“All members of the service, regardless of vaccination status, who are able to medically tolerate a face covering, are required to wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times while they are in a shared indoor workspace, except when eating or drinking,” the mask order state.
Based on the mask order, NYPD officers are also directed to wear the masks at all times when dealing with the public, while in schools, on public transit, and multiple other locations.
Sources said NYPD hierarchy decided to release the mask order as COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed in the Big Apple and across the state, fueled in part by the Omicron variant.
It was also learned that as of Friday, the COVID-19 positivity rate in New York City, measured on a seven-day average, was 7.13, up from less than 3 percent at the beginning of December.