Mask Requirement Lifted for Schools Effective March 2
MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- On February 27, 2022, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced the statewide mask requirement in schools will be lifted effective March 2, 2022.
This makes it optional for students, teachers, and school staff to continue to wear masks in schools. This announcement also includes children ages two and older in childcare facilities.
“Although the State’s requirement will be lifted, the Governor has indicated that counties and cities may still require masks in their area schools,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “Our COVID-19 leadership team had previously discussed our position on masks in schools and after careful consideration we have decided that Chautauqua County will not be implementing any further mask mandates in our schools at this time.”
The statewide mask requirement is still in effect for state-regulated healthcare settings, state-regulated adult care facilities and nursing homes, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and modes of public transportation.