New York State will be revoking the use of masks on Wednesday in accordance with new guidelines for vaccinated people that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. “No masks, no social distancing,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, explaining that masks will remain mandatory even for vaccinated only in nursing homes, schools, health facilities and on public transport. Unvaccinated people will have to continue wearing them instead, he said at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan as reported by the New York Times. From Wednesday most of the restrictions in offices, museums, restaurants and shops will be lifted, while the city’s metro system is back to service 24 hours a day, after more than a year of night closure (the longest from the opening of the metro in 1904) arranged to clean and disinfect trains, stations and equipment. 52% of New Yorkers to date have received one dose of the vaccine and 43% both. Those in crowded public environments must still continue to wear the mask, Cuomo said, referring to students at school, public transport passengers and people in homeless shelters.
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