ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Kathy Hochul, the incoming governor of New York, stated Thursday getting college students again into the classroom full time is a precedence and, if as much as her, masks shall be required.
“My view is that individuals — kids and everybody within the college atmosphere — shall be carrying masks,” Hochul stated in an interview. “But additionally, we must be speaking with the varsity districts, as properly. That hasn’t occurred up to now as the best way I feel it ought to. We must be discovering out what their anxiousness is, why there’s any objection to this.”
Hochul, the present lieutenant governor, spoke publicly Wednesday for the primary time since Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced his resignation. She’s going to take the helm Aug. 24 because the state’s first feminine governor.
Cuomo beforehand stated he would go away masks and different selections up to individual school districts.
“With the top of the state catastrophe emergency on June 25, 2021, college districts are re-established because the controlling entity for colleges. Faculties and college districts ought to develop plans to open in-person within the fall as safely as potential, and I like to recommend following steerage from the CDC and native well being departments,” New York State Well being Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker stated in a press release final week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the moment recommends everybody put on masks inside colleges, partially as a result of kids below the age of 12 are nonetheless not eligible to get vaccinated.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy introduced final week the state will comply with the CDC’s steerage and require students, teachers and visitors to mask up indoors. Suffolk County well being officers issued a similar recommendation Wednesday.
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