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Gov. Hochul extends NY state mask or vaccine mandate into February

Gov. Hochul speaks at a briefing in the state Capitol in Albany on Friday, December 31, 2021. Gov. Hochul speaks at a briefing in the state Capitol in Albany on Friday, December 31, 2021. | Photo: Gov. Hochul's Office.

WNYT Staff
Updated: December 31, 2021 10:09 PM
Created: December 31, 2021 01:18 PM

Gov. Hochul announced Friday she is extending New York state's mask or vaccine mandate through February 1. It requires masks in all indoor public places, unless the businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement

The mandate was originally supposed to run until January 15, but Hochul had always warned it could be extended as needed.

This comes as Hochul announced another record 76,555 new COVID cases in the state.

Sadly, another 80 people across the state died.

Despite the dramatic rise in COVID cases, Hochul once again reiterated she does not plan to shut the state down, or to close schools. Instead, she continued to urge people to get vaccinations and boosters.

“You can shut it all down. Everybody stay home, lockdowns. Shut down businesses, shut down all the little shops and plays and all these other experiences. The reason we don't have to do this is because we now have the defenses in place, the testing, the vaccines, the booster shots, the masks. We're in a different dynamic now,” said Hochul.

Hochul now says boosters will be required for all SUNY and CUNY students, effective January 15. Faculty must also be vaccinated. The United University Professions who represent them says 90% already are.

Gov. Hochul noted her winter surge plan, which besides keeping kids in school, includes having people continue to wear masks and test, preventing severe illness and death, to keep increasing vaccines and boosters and to keep working with local leaders.

Millions of tests are either at or on their way to local schools, so students can be tested and stay in the classroom.

Hochul also said additional testing sites will be opening in January. That includes one in Crossgates Mall. This adds to the 1,800+ already open.


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