New York's mask mandate relaxes for fully vaccinated residents

But there are also some places where you'll still need to wear a mask. That includes on public transportation, at schools, health care facilities and homeless shelters.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2021, 10:39 AM

Updated 1,102 days ago

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Many Long Islanders were able to go out and about without masks Wednesday as New York's mask mandate falls in line with last week's CDC announcement.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that the state would abide by the CDC's rules, which say that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most places.
Stores like Target, Walmart, Starbucks and Trader Joe's lifted their mask requirements, meaning Wednesday marks the first day customers in New York won't need masks upon entering. The list of stores ending mask requirements has continued to grow.
At the Blue Line Deli & Bagel shop in Huntington, all nine employees and the owner decided that they would continue wearing their masks. Customers are allowed to do what they want if they are fully vaccinated. The owner says it's a tough rule to regulate.
"On Saturday morning when we're very busy I can't afford to pay someone to stand at the door and say, 'Show me your vaccine card,'" says Donald Rosner, owner of Blue Line Deli & Bagels. "I don't know many businesses that can. We're just hoping people do the right thing."
Over at the Meat Farms in Ronkonkoma there is a new sign on the door that explains the state's updated guidelines. It also states that the store will not be asking for proof of vaccinations.
Business leaders say all of the responsibility shouldn't fall on the businesses.
"How can you expect the shopkeeper, big box, small mom and pop place to have that responsibility on them?" says JoAnn Boettcher, of the Lindenhurst Chamber of Commerce. "The onus is on the person walking in. It's just not fair. Is or should be? It should be on the person walking in."
As for grocery stores, a spokesperson for King Kullen issued a statement saying, "King Kullen currently requires that facemasks be worn by customers and employees. We are evaluating the situation and following the issue closely."
But there are also some places where you'll still need to wear a mask. That includes on public transportation, at schools, health care facilities and homeless shelters.
Those not vaccinated are being asked to continue wearing masks in public settings.



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