Today, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This follows the recent expansion of New York City’s vaccine mandate for indoor public spaces for everyone age 5 and over.
In response, Michael Seilback, National Assistant Vice President for State Public Policy for the American Lung Association issued the following statement:
“We commend Governor Hochul and New York State for putting the health of New Yorkers first. As the COVID-19 pandemic and emerging variants including Omicron and Delta continue to endanger New Yorkers and people around the world, vaccinations and indoor masking are critical tools we must use to protect our most vulnerable populations. The American Lung Association strongly supports efforts to get Americans vaccinated, as the science proves that these measures save lives.
“In addition to getting vaccinated and wearing masks, we continue to encourage everyone to follow the CDC recommendations to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 by also maintaining social distancing, washing your hands often, and staying home if you feel unwell.
“Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and end this global pandemic through widespread vaccination, masking and other proven preventive measures.”
More information about COVID-19 can be found at Lung.org/covid19 or the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.