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Gov. Kathy Hochul: NY Will Require Masks For Everyone In Schools

Updated: Feb 3, 2023

Original article written by Elizabeth Doran for

ALBANY, NY — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said today she will require everyone to wear masks in schools throughout the state.

Hochul, on her first day in the job, said she will direct the state Department of Health to require universal masking in schools for anyone inside the buildings.

Gov. Hochul said the state health department will issue the requirement through regulatory action established by the Public Health and Health Planning Council.

Hochul also reiterated that school staff should be required to be vaccinated or undergo Covid-19 testing each week, at least for now. Partnerships with local governments are in the works to make this happen, she said.

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