UTICA, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to say whether he will change his state’s mask mandate in light of new federal guidance that eases rules for fully vaccinated people.
Cuomo said via email Thursday that the state’s mask mandate is still in place as his administration reviews the new federal guidance and consults with health officials in neighboring states.
"In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening. We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states."
The governor's office says there's no immediate update Friday.
In April 2020, the Cuomo first required all people in New York over age 2 to wear a mask when out in public or unable to distance themselves from others.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente tweeted a response to the governor's statement late Friday morning, saying "I was glad to see @CDCgov update it’s guidance on mask wearing for those who have been vaccinated. @NYGovCuomo should follow the science and accept these new guidelines immediately."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.