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COVID-19: New York Lifts mask mandate on public transport

New York state is ending a 28-month-old Covid-19 mandate requiring masks on public transport, Governor Kathy Hochul says.

Masks will also no longer be required in airports and ride-share vehicles, she added.

The state introduced the mandate in April 2020 as the virus was spreading throughout New York City.

But now wearing masks will be optional, the governor said, citing recent guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We have to restore some normalcy to our lives,” Ms Hochul said. “Masks are encouraged but optional.”

She added that New York is in a far stronger position as infections and hospitalizations fall.

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