Cuomo says NY 'reviewing' new CDC mask guidelines; no decision yet

The new CDC mask guidance comes as officials say in the last two weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country dropped by a third.

News 12 Staff

May 14, 2021, 9:53 AM

Updated 1,157 days ago

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With the massive changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 mask guidance, New Yorkers are now waiting to see if Gov. Andrew Cuomo will follow suit.
The CDC announced Thursday that if you're fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask in most places. That guidance now needs approval from Cuomo to become policy in New York.
For now, Cuomo's office only issued a statement saying, "We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them."
The new CDC mask guidance comes as officials say in the last two weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country dropped by a third. They also pointed out that the vaccine is now widely available and eligible to anyone 12 years old and up.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran called for the state to adopt the CDC's mask guidelines, saying residents "need to return to normal life."
President Joe Biden appeared maskless during his remarks at the Rose Garden.
"And for now, after a year of hard work and so much sacrifice, the rule is very simple. Get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do," says Biden.
Officials say those in hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters should also continue to wear masks.
The TSA is keeping its mask mandate in place for airports and airplanes until Sept. 13, while at grocery stores and restaurants, it will likely be up to the owner's discretion.


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