Hochul extends indoor mask mandate until Feb. 10

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 January 2022 at 9:17 pm

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced today that an indoor mask mandate at public places would be extended from Feb. 1 to Feb. 10, and would be re-evaluated close before Feb. 10.

Gov. Kathy Hochul

Hochul said she is encouraged be the recent data on Covid-19 cases.

On Thursday there were 13,592 new Covid cases with 6.15 percent positive. That compares to Jan. 7 when the state hit an all-time high for Covid cases with The 90,132 cases in one day. The percentage of positive tests that day was 21.17.

Statewide the hospitalizations dropped by more than 2,800 over the past week, Hochul said.

“New Yorkers are doing what is necessary to combat the spread of Covid-19 and the progress is evident in our numbers,” Hochul said.

Hochul first mandated face coverings to be worn in all indoor public places on Dec. 13, unless the business or venue implements a vaccine requirement.

She said the mask mandate has been a key in driving the Covid numbers down.

“I want to thank all the businesses and the people who follow these policies,” she said. “You are the reason our state is going to come out of this far sooner than other states.”