De Blasio: No Mask Mandate But Please Wear Them

The New York Times reports:

Mayor Bill de Blasio urged vaccinated New Yorkers to return to wearing masks indoors on Monday as the city battled a new wave of coronavirus cases, but he stopped short of issuing a mask mandate.

“We want to strongly recommend that people wear masks in indoor settings even if you’re vaccinated,” Mr. de Blasio said. Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat in his final year in office, had resisted calls for New Yorkers to return to wearing masks indoors again and said he wanted to focus instead on vaccination.

But on Monday, the mayor said masks were necessary after the C.D.C.’s latest guidance, which said people in areas with surging cases should begin wearing masks indoors again. All of New York City exceeds the threshold of new cases outlined by the agency.

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