Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that “Starting today, masks will be optional in some places where they had previously been required, including on mass transit.”
This message was echoed by the MTA itself, which shared some signage you can expect to see on your forthcoming commutes:
— MTA (@MTA) September 7, 2022
In addition to mass transit, “places like shelters, correctional facilities [and] detention centers” will have mask-optional policies statewide, Hochul said at her Wednesday briefing.
“I want to thank everyone who’s been complying on our transit system for 28 months … a long time. I know for many it became second nature but it’s always been a visible reminder that something is not normal here. And it was there for the right reason: it protected health. And now we’re in a far different place than we had been as we continue to watch the trend — this is not a one-day snapshot — this is watching the trends and we’re seeing a stabilization of those numbers.”