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Sudden Covid surge triggers return of NYC mask mandate

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New York state Governor Kathy Hochul announced last December 10 that masks are now required again in all indoor public places. This is because of a surge in Covid19 infections.


A rising number of hospitalizations and cases led to the decision for a mask mandate to be reinstituted, Hochul added. It has been particularly pronounced in several areas of upstate New York. She made this announcement at a social service agency in Manhattan.


Some of Hochul’s fellow Democrats met the announcement with cheers, alongside a union representing grocery and retail workers. Republicans, for the most part, are calling it an unnecessary burden on businesses and an overreach.


The first time a mask mandate was enacted in New York was in April 2020, the early days of the pandemic. It ended for vaccinated individuals in June 2021.


At present, the new mask mandate is applicable to patrons and staff alike. It began on December 13, Monday, and will last all the way to January 15. Essentially, it is in effect for just a little over a month. When that period passes, the state will then reevaluate matters.


“We’re entering a time of uncertainty and we could either plateau here or,” Hochul warned, “our cases could get out of control.”


Other states with indoor mask mandates include Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.


Nearly 70,000 positive tests for the virus were recorded by New York state within a seven-day period between end-November and first week of December. It’s the most in any week-long stretch since the beginning of February, with all counties seeing a significant rise in rates.

Photo: Bloomberg.com


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