Governor Hochul Lifts New York State’s Mandatory Masking Policy for Indoor Public Locations


Employees and Visitors who Enter County Buildings May Continue to Wear Masks but Are Not Required

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Chautauqua County Office of the County Executive

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that effective February 10, 2022, New York State will lift its statewide indoor business mask or vaccine requirement.

Chautauqua County welcomes and supports this decision, and will not implement a local masking mandate going forward. Employees and visitors who enter Chautauqua County buildings may continue to wear masks if they so choose, but are not required to do so. Masks will still be required in areas controlled by the Office of Court Administration in the Gerace Office Building as mandated by New York State.

Masking is still mandated by New York State in the following settings: schools, child care facilities, all health care settings regulated by the Department of Health and other related state agencies, nursing homes, adult care facilities, correctional facilities, detention centers, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, public transit and transportation hubs, as well as trains, planes and airports in accordance with federal regulations.

“Chautauqua County welcomes this decision by Governor Hochul,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “Since the beginning of this recent surge, Chautauqua County has enacted a multi-layered approach to mitigate the community transmission of COVID-19. We organized successful vaccination and testing clinics, distributed over 48,000 KN95 facemasks, 10,000 cloth facemasks, and over 40,000 at home COVID test kits. Our County has now recorded four consecutive weeks of decline in COVID infections, and we are hopeful that this is a turning point in the COVID-19 Pandemic and we can begin a return to normalcy.”

Chautauqua County also strongly recommends getting the COVID-19 vaccine and booster as well as, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and staying home and being tested for COVID-19 when ill.