New York City has issued a health advisory that recommends all residents wear a mask indoors and in public settings, in response to the emergence of the omicron variant. Officials said the new advisory strengthens the city’s position on mask-wearing, though it echoes a previous recommendation issued in August.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and city health commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said the new variant had not been detected yet in the five boroughs, but it has ignited fears of worsening an ongoing surge in cases. Monday’s advisory, which Chokshi announced, falls short of a full mask mandate.
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NEW: New York City has issued a health advisory recommending all residents wear a mask indoors and in public settings, in response to the emergence of the omicron variant. https://t.co/w2h89QwEok
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Today @NYCHealthCommr issued an updated mask advisory: all New Yorkers are encouraged to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Let’s take steps now to stay safe, protect each other, and prepare for the #OmicronVariant. pic.twitter.com/UEbsyTy0Bm
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 29, 2021