Mask and vaccine mandate to end in New York Schools

Mask and vaccine mandate to end in New York Schools
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New York Governor, Kathy Hochul has announced an end to the state's school indoor mask mandate. This is to take effect from Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

The mandate for vaccination requirements would also subsequently be removed by Monday, March 7, 2022.

The decision comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance that says most Americans can safely take a break from wearing masks, including students in schools.

"That is why I feel very confident that this is the time to lift the mask requirements," Hochul said.

"So long as our indicators show a low level of risk and we see no surprises this week, on Monday, March 7 we will also remove the vaccination requirements for Key2NYC — meaning indoor dining, fitness and entertainment venues," contained in a tweet by New York City Mayor, Eric Adams.

Adams also announced that the city plans to remove its indoor mask mandate for public school students on Monday, March 7, with a final decision coming on Friday, March 4, 2022.

According to the state's schoolchildren population index, New York State has 2.7 million schoolchildren, including about 1 million in New York City which makes up the nation's largest school system.