Gov. Hochul Says Mask Mandates Must Remain in Place For Now

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A mask mandate will remain in place in certain settings in New York State despite a federal judge striking down the requirement for airlines, trains, subways, and buses.

Governor Hochul says for the short term the mandate includes nursing homes, health care facilities and on public transportation systems. Hochul says she thinks she would have lifted the mandate in all settings if not for two omicron subvariants driving up the number of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in New York State. Right now, the seven-day-average infection rate in the Capital Region is 9%.

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