In response to rising COVID-19-related cases and hospitalizations in New York state, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Dec. 10 that masks will be required as of Dec. 13 for all persons over the age of two in all indoor public places, unless the business or venue requires proof of vaccination for those 12 years of age or older as a condition for entry. The state mandate will be in place at least until Jan. 15 and is supported by a determination of the New York State Health Department.

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