NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York State Department of Health has filed an emergency regulation mandating masks inside all school buildings.

The order was filed Friday night.

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All students, faculty and staff of public and private schools, pre-K through 12th grade, will be required to wear masks inside school buildings. Visitors will also be required to wear masks inside school buildings.

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A letter from Health Commissioner Howard Zucker cites the increasing circulation and transmissibility of the Delta variant as a driving factor for the mandate.

Gov. Kathy Hochul called for a mask mandate for both public and private schools in her inaugural address Tuesday.

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Some school districts had already announced mask mandates, including New York City schools and most of Long Island’s 124 public school systems.

CBSNewYork Team