The debate over whether children should be required to wear masks in schools has spilled over from school district board meetings and classrooms to the courtroom.
At her second public appearance as New York state governor, Kathy Hochul issued a universal mask-mandate for anyone entering school buildings and ordered all school personnel to get vaccinated or undergo weekly Covid-19 testing to knock down increasing cases of the coronavirus’ delta variant.
Americans fully vaccinated against Covid-19 should go back to wearing masks in indoor public places in regions where the coronavirus and especially the Delta variant are spreading rapidly, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.
The U.S. CDC said on Thursday it will no longer require travelers to wear masks in outdoor transit hubs and in outdoor spaces on ferries, buses and trolleys, due to the lower risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors.
Students no longer need to wear face masks while outdoors during the school day but still must wear them indoors, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during a news conference on Monday.
“For people who are fully vaccinated — fully vaccinated, and that’s a key thing — we know that the risk is relatively very, very low, of severe outcome or dying of Covid,” says Dr. Larry Eisenstein, Nassau County's health commissioner.
Fully vaccinated New Yorkers will be able to do almost anything in New York state without wearing a mask as of Wednesday.
New U.S. guidance allowing people to go without masks in most places provided one more topic of disagreement among Americans who have found little common ground throughout the pandemic.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places, updated guidance the agency said will allow life to begin to return to normal.
Those riding on Long Island Rail Road trains, subways and buses, where bare faces are currently banned as it is, will now face a $50 fine if they further refuse to wear a mask, according to transit agency officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.