Governor Kathy Hochul announced that masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places in New York unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.
The governor made the decision based on the state’s weekly seven-day case rate as well as hospitalizations.
The new business and venue requirements extend to both patrons and staff.
It goes into effect from December 13 until January 15, after which the state will re-evaluate the requirement based on current conditions.
The governor said the new measure brings added layers of mitigation during the holidays when more time is spent indoors shopping, gathering, and visiting holiday-themed destination.