New York to drop indoor mask mandate: Report

Businesses will no longer be required to ask customers for proof of full vaccination or require masking at all times.

Updated: February 8, 2022 - 7:24pm

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Governor Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) plans to drop her state's indoor COVID-19 mask mandate on Wednesday, three sources with knowledge on the decision reportedly told The New York Times.

Businesses will no longer be required to ask customers for proof of full vaccination or have people mask up at all times, the outlet reported.

The mandate was already set to expire on Thursday.

New York's school mask mandate is set to expire in two weeks, but it is unclear whether Hochul will renew it.

New York had some of the most stringent COVID-19 mitigation measures in the nation, but is now following other Democrat-controlled states by dropping the indoor mask mandate.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Monday he will allow the state's indoor mask mandate to expire, but students and school faculty will still be subject to the requirement. 

New Jersey's Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that he is ending the COVID mask mandate in schools

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