New York reinstates indoor mask mandate. What this means for NJ families
For many New Jersey families, heading into New York City to see the lights and sights is a holiday season tradition. But before heading across the Hudson River, there are some things New Jerseyans should know about New York’s newest COVID-19 restrictions.
Masks are required on New Jersey Transit trains and buses. And New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has reinstated an indoor mask mandate. She has said that it is up to the counites to enforce.
Certain places in New York City, like bars and restaurants, will also require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The restrictions may be limiting. But they are not stopping some people from celebrating the holidays in New York.
“Life doesn’t stop, you know? There’s restrictions – agree or not agree – it’s Christmas time, so we have to continue the tradition,” says Margarita Cozzi.
For those planning on visiting the Empire State Building, masks will be required for those over the age of 2. Anyone age 12 and up will need to show proof of vaccination.
Proof of the vaccine is not required to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. But visitors should keep a mask handy for large crowds.
At Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular, anyone age 12 and older will need to show proof of having at least one dose of the vaccine. Anyone 11 years old and younger will have to wear a mask.
For those who may not want to be indoors, there is the Winter Village at Bryant Park. There is ice skating, shopping and Santa Claus. No vaccines are required.
New York has put the new regulations into place to increase protection against the coronavirus virus. Cases are up, with New York state recording 68,000 positive tests over a seven-day period.
The New York mask mandate is in effect until Jan. 15. New York state officials say the mandate will be revisited after that date.