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NY plans to drop mask mandate for vaccinated people Wednesday

Jerry Gretzinger
Updated: May 17, 2021 06:38 PM
Created: May 17, 2021 12:05 PM

The countdown to Wednesday is on. It will be New York's biggest reopening day since the pandemic.

Gov. Cuomo says New York will adopt the Center for Disease Control's new indoor mask and social distancing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

If you are not vaccinated or are immuno-compromised, you still have to wear a mask.

Masks are still required on public transit, in nursing homes, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, schools, and health care facilities.

Private venues have the option to impose additional rules as they see fit.
However, the longstanding, statewide executive order on masks will be gone on Wednesday.

Essentially, this means life returns pretty much to normal, but only if you've been vaccinated.

Want to go to one of the Knicks or Nets playoff games? New York state recommends arenas split into sections, with at least 50% for vaccinated fans, and the other half for the unvaccinated, with masks and social distancing still in place.

However, Cuomo wants operators to use the 50/50 split as a starting point. He says stadiums can go to 100% capacity, and just admit vaccinated people only if they want.

Cuomo said the venues will be responsible for verifying vaccination status.

Keep in mind, you are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final shot.

Cuomo also announced the return of the New York City Marathon. Learn when that will happen by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.

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