Mask requirements dropped in all but healthcare settings

COVID-19 mask requirements have been lifted for all but hospitals and licensed care facilities, effective immediately, but still are being recommended as a prevention tool.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the policy change today as it relates to public transportation, for-hire vehicles, at airports, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and detention centers.

They still will be required in adult care and health care facilities regulated by the state Department of Health, and in clinical settings regulated by the Office of Mental Health, Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

In all settings, she noted, individuals still may wish to wear masks for a variety of reasons and their wishes should be respected.

The change comes as additional vaccine boosters are becoming available to help counter the virus variants this winter.
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