NYC Nixes Mask Mandate Return in Schools Despite High COVID Alert, Eyes 5th Wave End

Mask mandates are not coming back to New York City public schools despite the city’s transition to high COVID alert status a day ago and the latest mask-up-indoors-for-all advisory, Mayor Eric Adams said when asked about any protocol change Wednesday.

Under the new, tiered COVID alert plan Adams and his team unveiled earlier this year, which is based on the CDC’s system, a high alert status means New Yorkers should “wear a face mask in all indoor public settings and crowded outdoor spaces,” among other precautions. The health commissioner issued an updated mask advisory even before the alert level changed, urging all New Yorkers to mask up indoors regardless

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