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New York shortens isolation, quarantine period from 10 to 5 days for ‘essential’ workers: Includes healthcare, retail, restaurant staff

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made it more difficult for some people to get out of quarantine or isolation- New York has taken steps to do just that.

At least for healthcare, retail, and other ‘essential’ workers.

Governor Kathy Hochul gave a briefing on Christmas Eve, revealing the most cases ever discovered in a single day. But also said the 10-day mandatory quarantine for critical workers will be shorted to five days if vaccinated and asymptomatic.

They will be required to wear a mask, but the highly-contagious Omicron variant of COVID, has required healthcare workers to be utilized in different spaces.

Peter Gines, who owns Jine’s Restaurant, spoke with News10NBC, and expressed some caution and relief at the rule change.

“It makes it a little easier for us, yes it does, if I have someone out and I can bring them back a little sooner, sure it’s beneficial, as long as it’s safe,” Gines told News10NBC. “The scientists are going to know they are the ones studying it I’m not and I won’t pretend to, so ya you look for some guidance and if that’s what they’re saying, that’s what we do.”

Hochul said she will be talking with school leaders across New York next week to discuss test-to-stay options for students. “We want our kids to go back to school, that there will be tests waiting for them they can take them home in their backpacks if someone in school tests positive they all don’t have to stay at home if they’re symptomatic not been exposed directly,” Hochul said.