NYC Mayor encourages all to wear masks indoors, but falls short of mandating it

NYC Mayor encourages all to wear masks indoors, but falls short of mandating it

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “strongly” urged even vaccinated people to start wearing masks indoors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said unvaccinated transit employees in the metropolitan area would undergo weekly testing. But both Democrats on Monday resisted calls to impose new mask or vaccination requirements to counter the rapidly climbing number of new COVID-19 infections. De Blasio explained that the city’s “overwhelming strategic thrust” remains getting more people vaccinated. Cuomo said he lacks the legal authority to impose such local mandates on his own. Calls for a revived mask mandate in New York have grown louder as local numbers rise.

 

Photo: FILE — In this May 19, 2021 file photo. pedestrians wear protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)