NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York state’s mask mandate has been lifted in public locations, however many New Yorkers are nonetheless carrying them, saying the rules are blurry.
On Wednesday, when Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced the tip to the statewide masks mandate, many New Yorkers set free a sigh of aid, together with restaurant proprietor and chef Salvatore Corea.
“It’s two years now with this pandemic, so all people needs to exit with not any masks, not carrying masks or something,” he informed CBS2’s Thalia Perez.
Corea says he opened Cacio e Pepe on the Higher East Facet in Could 2021, and identical to many enterprise house owners, he says he’s leaving it elective for restaurant patrons and staff to put on their masks.
Masks carrying isn’t elective, although, in a variety of locations, equivalent to: correctional services, homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing houses, well being care services, youngster care settings, public transit and on airplanes.
“So I’m unsure I utterly perceive. So that you don’t should put on a masks in shops or eating places for those who’re vaccinated?” mentioned Elsa Girma, of the Higher East Facet.
Many New Yorkers, like Girma, say they aren’t clear on what precisely the rules are as a result of they’re not reduce and dried.
“It’s very complicated. Having a single supply to go to can be great,” Joshua Sigal mentioned.
Sigal says despite the fact that he doesn’t should put on a masks, he’ll.
“As a result of they’re carrying masks at school. I feel it units a superb instance for the children, and I feel it’s safer for everyone,” he mentioned.
It’s truly as much as particular person companies to resolve if patrons and staff will put on masks.
Extra companies are ending masks mandates for vaccinated staff throughout the state, together with Walmart, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and staff on the New York Inventory Trade.
And take note, the city-wide vaccination requirement remains to be in impact, together with these for metropolis staff and private-sector staff.
Masks in faculties are additionally nonetheless required, and Hochul says that may proceed till she reconsiders it after winter break.
CBS2’s Thalia Perez contributed to this report.