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NYS extends authority to create COVID-19 regulations

New York State has officially extended its authority to keep mask mandate requirements in place, the Department of Health announced on Tuesday.

The extension does not mean New Yorkers will be required to wear masks again- rather, it renews the state’s authority to issue and enforce COVID-19 protocols until April 22, according to WETM.

The previous extension ran out on Monday, February 21. The state is required to renew its COVID-19 regulations every 60 days.

Governor Kathy Hochul lifted the indoor business mask-or-vaccine requirement on February 10, but kept the mask requirement in place for schools.

A reported 58% of registered New York voters want the state DOH to take a hard look at March’s COVID-19 data before ending the mask mandate in schools, according to a poll conducted by the Siena College Research Institute.

Gov. Hochul has expressed a desire to reassess the mask mandate in school as early as March 3.

You can read the full details of the state’s COVID-19 authority extension here.