Footwear News, February 9, 2022 — Masks will no longer be required indoors in most businesses in New York State come Thursday.

At a press conference on Wednesday, N.Y. Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she will allow the state’s current indoor mask mandate to expire on Thursday, Feb. 10, with no plans to renew the health measure that was implemented in mid-December as the Omicron variant rapidly spread.

Retail Council of New York State president and CEO Melissa O’Connor is happy with the news. In a statement on Wednesday, O’Connor said, “Today’s announcement is a positive development for retailers throughout the state and we will continue to collaborate with the Governor on economic recovery efforts.”

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