New York state mask mandate in schools ends March 2; city set to lift requirements March 7

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The statewide mask mandate in schools will expire on Wednesday, March 2, and New York City plans to lift its requirement on March 7 if cases remain low, the governor and mayor said Sunday. 

Governor Kathy Hochul first announced her plans to drop the rules for face coverings as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have dropped over the past month and following new guidance from Washington.

“My friends, the day has come. Today we are going to be announcing that we’ll be lifting the statewide mask requirement in schools,” Hochul said during a Feb. 27 press conference Sunday morning in Albany. 

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