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Covid vaccine mandates for private-sector workers as well as for students participating in extracurricular activities are being rolled back, Mayor Adams announced on Tuesday.

The mandate within the private sector will end on Nov. 1 and for students, it is effective immediately.

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Just hours after a court ruling denying the current mask mandate for children under 5, Mayor Adams and City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said they will still hold off on making masks optional for the age group due to a slight rise in Covid cases.

“Our legal team is going to put in place an appeal and ask for a stay,” Adams said in a press conference today. “We truly believe this is within our powers to execute what is best for the city of New York and the legal team is going to take the necessary steps to ensure that we are able to do that, to keep New Yorkers safe and to be successful in the recovery that we have witnessed.” 

Mayor Adams’ March 24 announcement that New York City-based athletes and performers are now exempt from Covid-19 vaccine requirements elicited…

In a city of 8.4 million people, there’s no question that the mayor cannot please everyone. It is rare, however, that he is unable to satisfy anyone, and last week, Mayor Adams may have done just that. Last Thursday, his announcement that New York City-based athletes and performers are now exempt from Covid-19 vaccination requirements drew criticism across the board — but for numerous reasons.

The policy shift drew several strong reactions from the moment Adams announced it at Citi Field’s Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

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After weeks of pushback and protests outside of City Hall as recent as Sunday, Mayor Adams has finally announced that the toddler mask mandate will end.

“Today we are announcing that, if the numbers continue to show a low level of risk — let me say that again — if the numbers continue to show a low level of risk, masks will be optional for 2- to 4-year-old students in school and in daycares,” Adams said in a press conference on Tuesday. 

“We are going to start this on April 4th,” he added. 

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Pandemic restrictions in  New York City venues and public schools will be rolled back starting Monday, Mayor Adams announced today. 

“New Yorkers should be getting out and enjoying our amazing city,” Adams said in a Times Square press conference. “The fight may not be over, but we’re clearly winning the war.”

New York’s mask mandate will expire for businesses and other indoor spaces as of today, Feb. 10.

Gov. Hochul announced on Wednesday that the mask-or-vaccine requirement will remain optional for businesses, local governments and counties to enforce.