Amidst growing COVID-19 infections across the country, NYC lawmaker Mark Levine claimed that masks should be required again indoors even for the fully vaccinated.
The Delta variant has started wreaking havoc across the US, and several states have reinstated the mask mandates in order to avoid a possible catastrophe. Mark Levine, chairman of the City Council’s Health Committee on Sunday, stated that he plans to ask the state Health Department to make the move, as well as lobby Big Apple officials support it.
Speaking to the NY Post, Levine said indoor mask-wearing all-around “would be extremely helpful. Cases are rising in NYC (up 2x+ in the past 2 weeks), driven by delta. Indoor mask use in NYC is falling — in delis, stores, subways, movie theaters etc. We need to reverse this trend. It’s time to renew the indoor mask mandate, including for those who are vax’d.”
At the moment, New York currently requires unvaccinated people to wear masks when in public indoors, as per federal guidance, although that scenario operates on an honor system. The vaccinated still have to wear masks in some cases, including while on public transportation.
Meanwhile, the New York State Department of Health has stated, “Those who are unvaccinated have the greatest risk of being vulnerable to variants and becoming seriously ill, which is why all eligible New Yorkers must get vaccinated as soon as they are able. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask, however, they may choose to do so.”