(WIVB) – The state’s mask mandate for indoor spaces has been extended until Feb. 1, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced during a Friday press conference.
“We’re not out of it. I’m not here to say we’re out of this, we are still addressing a very serious situation,” Gov. Hochul said.
“In the interest of giving people notice we are going to extend that because we’ve seen the landscape change dramatically. When we first instituted this the trajectory of the pandemic was not what we’re seeing now,” Hochul said.
The governor introduced the state’s winter surge plan 2.0 to combat the surge in cases. The plan is meant to keep kids in school and and work with local leaders to encourage more testing and vaccinations.
“A reminder that we’re heading into a new season, a new year, kids are coming back to school, hospitals are over stretched and so we wanted to amplify the policies that are working thus far and analyze where we’re going next,” Gov. Hochul said.
“I want to give everyone the heads up,” Gov. Hochul said. “Again, being very willing to reassess. Hoping that the picture is much more positive in February.”
Gov. Hochul also announced that students and faculty in SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities will need to have their COVID-19 booster shot if eligible by Jan. 15.
New York had 76 deaths as a result of the virus yesterday.