After several requests made to Andrew Cuomo about complying with the new eased masking guidelines set by the CDC, the Governor finally announced the adoption, which is set to begin today.
According to the latest federal indoor mask guidelines, those vaccinated against COVID-19 can ditch face coverings, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave this move a green flag yesterday. Today onwards, vaccinated New Yorkers will be clear to go mask-free in most indoor settings.
At a press conference announcing this move, Cuomo said, “We have to reopen smart. We have to reopen with a cautious eye, but we have to get back to life. Effective this Wednesday, we’re going to adopt the CDC’s new guidance and regulations on masks and social distancing for vaccinated people.”
As it stands, vaccinated New Yorkers will now be able to go mask-free at restaurants, retail stores, offices, gyms, and salons if the business allows it. People attending indoor events of 250 people or less can also get rid of their masks with permission from the venue.
Meanwhile, according to Cuomo’s announcement, at larger-scale events, including sports games and concerts, attendees can go mask-free in designated sections for people who have received their shots. The new rule won’t apply to public transportation or at schools or nursing homes, where people will still be required to mask up, he added. Private businesses and event spaces can still set their own restrictions.