Some LI businesses keep mask policies despite lifting of statewide requirement
The statewide mask mandate was lifted for most indoor public places, but some Long Island businesses are still keeping their own requirements in place.
Local counties, cities and businesses still have the option to mandate masking or proof of vaccination.
Joyce Sharfstein says they are maintaining the mask-wearing requirement at Ray Leventhal Clothing in Plainview, while other places like Milan Laser Hair Removal chose to end mask-wearing at their business.
"No matter what the governor had said or is saying, we want to keep our masks on," Sharfstein says.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still is recommending wearing masks, but the agency's director says it's considering easing guidance as cases decrease across the country.
Some Long Islanders, however, are still concerned about the coronavirus.
"I'm glad it's gone down, but I'm still hearing about somebody who has COVID, and we are with people," says Lois Doniger of Massage Envy. "I find the plexiglass is helpful."
The statewide mask mandate remains in place for schools, public transportation, health care and child care settings, correctional facilities and certain shelters.