Empire State Weekly Upcoming Restrictions Loosened, Mask Mandate Confusion, and Legislative Session Recap

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York is on the verge of reaching a major milestone in the battle against COVID-19: 70% vaccination. Governor Cuomo says the state will be rolling back “virtually all” pandemic restrictions, once enough adults get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which could happen any day now. One of … Read more

Empire State Weekly: End of Legislative Session and increasing vaccine confidence

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The end of the legislative session is approaching, with the final day expected to be June 10. Some significant pieces of reform passed this year include legalizing recreational marijuana for adults and repealing legal immunity for nursing homes. The legislature also passing a bill that boosts staffing levels in nursing homes. … Read more

Empire State Weekly Response to Fall in Person Learning & Restaurant To-Go Alcohol

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Governor Cuomo is giving parents, students, and teachers some reason for optimism, saying he believes there’s no reason schools can’t reopen this fall. The governor made the announcement this week, but didn’t provide any specifics when it comes to how. And some statewide education groups say they’re waiting on guidance from … Read more

Empire State Weekly Mask & Social Distancing Requirements Loosened and School Budget Votes Recap

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) —New York has taken two major steps in moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic – adopting the CDC’s guidance on masks, and loosening many restrictions. The moves both came on the same day Wednesday, a welcome sight for people across the state who’ve been hoping for some good news, as we move … Read more

New York adopting CDC mask guidelines for fully vaccinated people

NEW YORK (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a coronavirus briefing Monday from Radio Music City Hall, where he announced new metrics, the state’s decision on CDC guidance change for masking, reopening updates, and more. CDC announces fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors The governor reported the following COVID-19 data: 101,173 COVID-19 tests … Read more

Empire State Weekly SUNY & CUNY Vaccine Rules and Republican Field for Governor Taking Shape

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Children in New York between 12 and 15 are now eligible to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, following federal approval. But the state is also upping the ante on college students getting the vaccine, by requiring all on-campus students at SUNY and CUNY schools to get vaccinated before they return in the … Read more

Gov. Cuomo: State is open to ‘creative’ ideas for vaccine incentives

BRONX, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in the Bronx Thursday for a coronavirus briefing to update New Yorkers on the state’s ongoing coronavirus response efforts. The governor provided the following data Thursday: 204,531 COVID-19 tests reported statewide Wednesday 1.08% positivity rate (lowest since October 10, 2020) 22 new deaths in New York 1,852 … Read more

NY task force will decide whether to vaccinate kids 12 to 15

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Children ages 12 to 15 in New York could get vaccinated as early as Thursday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. New York State preparing to give COVID vaccine to 12-15 year-olds The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee was expected to meet Wednesday to formally recommend the Pfizer vaccine … Read more

Empire State Weekly Scaled Back Business Restrictions, Eviction Moratorium Extended, and Voting Rights for Parolees

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The state is greatly expanding – and even outright removing – capacity restrictions on many industries across New York, as COVID-19 cases and vaccinations are both heading in the right direction. But one restriction that is staying in place is the CDC’s guidance on maintaining six feet of social distancing wherever … Read more