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New York's mask mandates for public transit remain in place

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The decision of whether to wear a mask on public transit has prompted confusion from some travelers as leadership across the nation makes varying decisions on the matter.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday the state's mask mandate will remain in place for now, despite a federal ruling that voided such measures.

"We had hope," Hochul said during a news conference. "If we hadn't seen these two variants, I suspect we would have been able to say goodbye to masks in all settings."

"But, you know, we watch variants, they come and now we're starting to see cases go up again."

Alyaman Saeed, a traveling physician headed to D.C. from Plattsburgh, said he will continue to mask partly because he has seen more COVID-19 hospitalizations lately.


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“I feel pretty confident that this is appropriate at this time and until the government, you know, makes a decision. I think we are all complying and we should continue to follow the instructions,” he said.

Even after TSA dropped the mask mandate Monday, some travelers said they will continue to mask until further notice.

“On airplanes, I saw people confused but then flight attendants clarified the situation,” said one traveler, Emilia Liu.

In her announcement, Gov. Kathy Hochul said masking is for the "short term" and the state plans to lift restrictions as more is learned about new COVID-19 variants.

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