Gov. Cuomo: COVID-19 state of emergency in New York will not be renewed
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York's COVID-19 state of emergency is set to expire Thursday and will not be renewed.
"It will punctuate the expiration of the emergency that we have been in because New Yorkers rallied and essential workers rallied," Cuomo says.
New York state will still follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for unvaccinated people to wear masks indoors.
Cuomo says everyone vaccinated or unvaccinated must wear a mask while riding public transportation and in certain places like hospitals, nursing homes and homeless shelters.
"Local governments may continue, and I would urge them to continue to enforce those mask requirements where they are in effect," says Cuomo.
The State Liquor Authority also tweeted that the temporary pandemic-related privileges for to-go and delivery of alcoholic beverages ends Thursday.
The governor also announced the opening of a new monument to honor essential workers. The monument will feature nearly 20 groups of essential workers standing in a circle at Battery Park City. It is set to be completed by Labor Day 2021.
Cuomo also signed the safe staffing bill, which will require hospitals and nursing homes to have a staffing minimum.
The state Senate Republican leader released a statement saying in part, "The governor's emergency executive powers finally being lifted is long overdue news and urging lawmakers focus now on the economic recovery and what he says is 'the rising crime wave devastating major metro areas all across the state.'"