New York City Urges Masks For Indoors Activities, Stops Short Of Mandate

It’s starting to sound like a lot…well, like mask mandate may be on the horizon.

New York CityThe Health Commissioner has once again advised people to wear masks. This time it is not only covid, as flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are also spreading.

Commissioner of Dr. Ashwin Vasan NYC Health issued an advisory on Friday urging residents to wear masks in indoor public places and for “crowded outdoor activities”. The advisory falls short of a mandate, and the city will not enforce the rule, though businesses are free to demand the use.

The advisory comes at a time when NYC is currently recording 3,761 daily Covid infections, a 55% increase in a fortnight. The city had more than 11,000 confirmed cases of flu in the last week of November.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a memo earlier this week advising on the action are also urging people to wear masks. His move comes in response to the worst flu season in more than a decade.

In los angelesThe county has reported a huge increase in daily cases that could soon lead to a renewed requirement for people to wear masks in all indoor public places.

The county has seen a steady rise in the number of daily infections and hospitalizations since early November. As of Friday, the county’s average daily number of new infections over the past seven days was 3,053, down a little over 50% from the 2,121 average a week earlier.

Tom Tapp contributed to this report.