Source: Robert Besser

ALBANY, New York: The required wearing of face masks will end for New York school children this week.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on February 27 that she feels “confident” that masks can at last be taken off.

While her order applies state-wide, New York Mayor Eric Adams is expected to end the city school’s face mask mandate at the same time.

Speaking from the governor’s mansion in Albany, Hochul said the decision on whether school children should continue wearing face masks would be decided by local governments.

As of February 25, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reclassified much of the state as “low risk” for COVID infection.

Hochul also said that following talks with Mayor Eric Adams she “feels confident” that he will also end the mask mandate in New York City schools.

“My position is to empower the local governments to make the decisions for their entire county. But I’ve always said..whether it’s a city, a school district and school, if they choose to be more restrictive we will not prohibit that whatsoever,” she said, as quoted by the New York Post.