NBC News reports:
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul lifted a statewide mask mandate Wednesday amid a battle over the rule’s legality and as a surge in Covid-19 infections continues to recede.
With infection numbers now trending down, Hochul said the “tremendous progress” has allowed the state to move into a “new phase.” Hospitalizations also decreased 63 percent between Jan. 12 and Wednesday, which Hochul said increased confidence in the decision making process.
“Why is all this happening? Because New Yorkers and businesses stepped up and did the right thing,” Hochul said. “And I will always be grateful for them for being the reason these numbers have been declining.”
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It’s official: N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul lifts statewide mask mandate
— Lauren Peikoff (@laurenpeikoff) February 9, 2022
NY's statewide mask mandates are STILL in effect in:
* Mass transit & airports
* Hospitals & healthcare settings
* Nursing homes & adult care
* Schools & childcare
* Homeless & domestic violence shelters
* Correctional facilities
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) February 9, 2022