Governor hints mask’s tenure may end soon

ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – New York Governor Kathy Hochul hinted Monday that she may soon end the statewide mask mandate related to the COVID-19 pandemic for spaces public interiors, but that might not happen for a month.

The news came the same day New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, citing plummeting infection numbers, said his state’s mask mandate for school children would end in mid-March.

New York’s current mask mandate for indoor public spaces, including stores, offices, restaurants and theaters, expires Thursday. Hochul said she would make her own announcement by then on the future of warrants, saying she was encouraged by falling infection rates and declining hospitalizations.

“I will make another announcement on Wednesday regarding one of our mask or vaccination requirements that have been in place and have been in place since the beginning until mid-December,” Hochul said.

Hochul also hinted that as the rules change in New Jersey, terms may not end right away.

“I will continue to move in this direction. We hope to get there,” Hochul said. “That’s our goal. But I will continue to watch the measurements.

Hochul said she is also reviewing the ongoing mask mandate in schools across the state. She said more children needed to be vaccinated before any decisions could be made. She said only 34% of children aged 5 to 11 had received the injections.

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