Statewide Mask Mandate Now in Effect To Slow Spread of COVID-19


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A statewide mask mandate is now in effect that's aimed at slowing down the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Hochul says facial coverings are required at all indoor public places unless the business or venue has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement in effect. Masks also must be worn in health care settings, at adult care facilities, in public schools and on public transportation or at indoor transportation hubs regardless of a person's vaccination status. Violators who don't follow the mandate could receive a maximum fine of one-thousand dollars and potentially face criminal and civil penalties. The mandate will be in place until at least January 15th but could be extended.

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