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.READ MORE: LIRR Commuters Sound Alarm On Frigid Conditions And Limited Heated Waiting Rooms
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.READ MORE: Former New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Says He Will Not Run For Governor
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.MORE NEWS: New Film Studio Promises To Bring Jobs, Business To Yonkers
Some school districts had already announced mask mandates, including New York City schools and most of Long Island’s 124 public school systems.