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“We urge you to take the following proven precautions to protect your family and our communities: wear a mask," a letter from the schools chancellor and health commissioner read.
City officials cited an uptick in cases driven by the BA.2 subvariant as the reason for the decision.
Gothamist looks at how cherry-picking science became the center of the anti-mask movement in politics and media and then reviews the evidence on the effectiveness of masks and if they cause physical harm.
With the legal battle ongoing, there’s some confusion about the current status of the state mask mandate and what it means for teachers, students, retail workers and others who might be affected.
Experts say the pandemic is transitioning into an endemic, mostly for the better unless you’re still unvaccinated.
Dr. Mary Bassett, who was once New York City’s health commissioner, is advising everyone to get booster shots if eligible, wear masks indoors and get tested before attending family gatherings.
City-run testing sites will also be open seven days per week, and free at-home tests will be available to those waiting in long lines.
Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement Friday, saying all indoor businesses and venues must require either masks or full vaccination among patrons and staff.
COVID safety is all about layering on different types of protection. Here's how New Yorkers can approach the various options.
Only 41 summonses have been issued since last September, when the law was signed.
Mayor de Blasio can unilaterally issue some mandates, but Gov. Hochul could need legislative assistance for her plans. A law school president explains the reasons.
"Leaders need to start doing a better job of helping people anticipate that there are going to be setbacks."
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