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Saturday, May 15, 2021

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New CDC guidance won't end NY mask mandate yet, Cuomo says

New York State's mask mandate will remain in effect as state health officials review new federal guidance to allow vaccinated people to ditch face coverings under most conditions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said late Thursday. The statement came shortly after the CDC on Thursday recommended fully vaccinated Americans can discard masks and the need for social distancing outdoors and in most indoors settings.

"In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening," Cuomo said in a statement. The governor's office is reviewing revised CDC guidance in consultation with state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker "and our partners and health experts in surrounding states," Cuomo added.

SLDN notes that in street interviews since the CDC Thursday announcement it appears that New Yorkers are doing what makes them feel comfortable with regards to Covid-19, vaccinations, and mask wearing. A significant number of interviews are saying they feel most comfortable wearing masks under circumstances they choose. Many refer to not knowing who is and who is not vaccinated so they prefer to err on the safety side, but "it's good to know the choice is there."

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