De Blasio Rejects Calls For Return To Indoor Mask Rule

Gothamist reports:

In the face of a steady climb in coronavirus cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio is resisting calls to reissue an indoor mask mandate, saying that doubling down on vaccination remains the best approach to fighting the recent rebound.

“Masks have value, unquestionably, but masks are not going at the root of the problem,” he said Tuesday, during his daily press briefing. “So we do not intend a mask mandate. We do intend to double down on vaccination.”

He and city health officials argued that a renewed focus on mask-wearing would undermine the ongoing effort to persuade people that vaccinations are the best defense.

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