New York City Mayor Eric Adams says he will end the mask mandate for businesses and school children on March 7, barring an uptick in cases.
“At the end of this week, we will evaluate the numbers and make a final announcement on Friday. If we see no unforeseen spikes and our numbers continue to show a low level of risk, New York City will remove the indoor mask mandate for public school children,” Adams said on Sunday.
However Adams will not remove the vaccine mandate for New York City workers, which has caused many thousands of city employees to lose their jobs. I believe it is time to repeal this requirement as well. Yet Adams said you will no longer be required to show vaccine proof to enter businesses.
“Additionally, New York City’s numbers continue to go down day after day, so, as long as COVID indicators show a low level of risk and we see no surprises this week, on Monday, March 7 we will also lift Key2NYC requirements,” Adams said of showing the vaccine card to enter restaurants, gyms and other businesses.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Sunday that the state mask mandate would expire on March 2.
“Given the decline in our rates, our hospitalizations, strong vaccination rates and the CDC guidance, the day has come,” Hochul said. “Today we are going to be announcing that we’ll be lifting the statewide mask requirement in schools, and that’ll be effective this Wednesday, March 2.”
This whole thing is so convoluted that businesses will not know how to react.
To be honest, I find most businesses have already thrown in the towel on mask and vaccine mandates and since the city has no way to enforce these rules it is fait accompli that the rules be nixed.
What’s interesting is that the city and state will take credit for reducing the number of CoVid cases because of their rules. This is not the case at all.
Businesses were not complying with the rule in January when infections were soaring.
But never let a politician not take credit for a good outcome that they had little effect in influencing.