30 November 2022
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New York ends mask mandate for subways, buses and other mass transit

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) logo is displayed on the side of a subway train in Manhattan, New York on June 2, 2021.

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New Yorkers are no longer required to wear masks on mass transit, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday.

Covid cases and hospitalizations have declined dramatically in New York City and across the state since the peak of the massive omicron surge last winter.

New York instituted mask mandates on public transit more than two years ago when the city was the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.

Hochul said the decision to lift the mandate is based on declining infections, hospitalizations and the availability of new boosters that the target the dominant omicron subvariant BA.5.

Masks are still required in nursing homes and hospitals, Hochul said.

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