Governor Cuomo Announces Adoption of Updated CDC Guidance on Masks and Social Distancing

Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement today, updating New Yorkers on the state’s decision to adopt the CDC’s updated guidance on masks and social distancing. This news comes as COVID-19 levels throughout New York are at their lowest point since October.

Governor Cuomo remarked:

“This means that, 399 days after New York was the first state in the country to implement a mask mandate, effective today, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to use a face covering in most public places. New York is coming back, and it’s a testament to the strength and grit of New Yorkers who banded together, stayed tough, and fought as one to defeat this COVID beast.

“The steps we’re taking today don’t mean that COVID has been officially relegated to the history books. We need to stay vigilant, continue to follow the safety guidelines in place, and help every single eligible New Yorker get vaccinated, so that we can finally reach that light at the end of the tunnel. And as we start to climb the next mountains in our path, we need to ensure that the values that got New York through this crisis — community, discipline, strength, toughness, and love for each other — endure.”

For additional background, see the announcements on the easing of restrictions and on the CDC guidance on masks and social distancing.