You are reading

Hochul Lifts Mask Mandates on Mass Transit

Masked riders on the subway (Photo: Queens Post)

Sept. 7, 2022 By Christian Murray

The state’s mask mandate for public transit has been lifted, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday.

Hochul said the state will immediately end masking rules on subways, buses, Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road. The new policy also applies to airports, for-hire vehicles, correctional facilities, detention centers and homeless shelters.

The governor said that while the masks are no longer required, their use should be encouraged. Signs will be posted on the subway and in transit areas that will promote mask use but make clear that they are optional.

“We have to restore some normalcy to our lives,” Hochul said, noting that the masks are now optional.

“If you choose not to have a mask, it’s your own risk assessment. You make your own determination but do not judge your fellow passengers on what their choices are.”

Officials had stopped enforcing the mask requirement some time ago and people had largely stopped adhering to the rule.

The mask mandate was first put in place in April 2020 by Hochul’s predecessor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Masks, however, must still be worn in hospitals and adult care facilities, such as nursing homes.

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 
I'd like to see a debate please

Hochul needs to set a date to debate Lee Zeldin these Democrats can’t keeping putting debates off. This is part of our democratic process stopping being so wimpy Lee isn’t that scary.


But now she declared emergency in New York City for polio, and mentioned polio vaccines under her breath in the same sentence. When are people going to wake up? When is enough enough?? Vaccines, boosters, monkeypox, polio, measles, donkey pox and so on. People need to wake up and see how many issues they are now having because of the vaccines. Heart issues, immunity issues, wake up people they are playing us for fools and you are falling into their trap.

I thought mask mandates were bad?

Wait, you forgot the “my body my choice” narrative! How embarrassing. Now that you have it your way…you’re STILL complaining?

Rita S.

I take the bus & will continue to use mask. Lots of ppl cough / sneeze w out covering mouth
or use tissue.

masks optional

So criminals will still be able to cover their faces and commit crimes against riders?? Doesn’t sound like a plan to boost ridership…sounds like Hochul saw the poll having her only 4 points ahead with a 3.5 percent margin of error…next thing you know she will be expanding police budgets, eliminating bail reform and supporting fracking…another phony….

Panic fatigue

About time. The pandemic is over. Big Pharma will have to settle for the windfall they already made.

David Smith

500 people die every day from COVID-19 in the USA. Maybe that means it’s over to you but not to medical experts.

this will not fare well

Filthy transit-system, just reading about it I need a mask. Should be encouraged to wear gloves and disinfect as soon as possible.

too little too late

Most people stopped wearing them a long time ago. And many people never started. And still others wore them, but pulled down under their chins. There was zero enforcement of the policy. It’s just like people jumping the turnstiles. I’ve always worn my mask on the subway, however. Because I don’t want to get sick.


I appreciate you wearing a mask, but it will not protect you from getting sick. Even the mask diehards acknowledge this, however if you are sick it will protect those around you from you. Thank you for wearing your mask.


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

Jan. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.