The recommendation also applies to everyone who has been vaccinated and who has had COVID-19, said Dave Chokshi, head of the New York City Public Health Department.

The New York City authorities have issued a decree in which they strongly recommend that all New Yorkers, regardless of vaccination status, wear protective masks inside the city premises. This was announced by the head of the New York City Public Health Department, Dave Chokshi.

“Today I am issuing a bulletin that strongly recommends that all New Yorkers wear masks at all times in premises and public places, such as shops, lobbies of buildings, offices. This [also] applies to everyone who is vaccinated and who has had COVID-19,” he said during a press conference.

At the same time, Chokshi noted that the requirement to wear masks in public transport, schools and medical institutions remains in force. He added that the city authorities are aware of concerns about the spread of a new omicron strain of coronavirus, but for now they will use already proven means of curbing the spread of coronavirus, which are currently used in the metropolis.

On Friday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced the introduction of a state of emergency in the state until January 15, 2022, due to an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection. This will allow the authorities to allocate funding for the purchase of additional equipment and protective equipment, increase the capacity of medical institutions in conditions of shortage of hospital beds and prevent a possible shortage of medical staff.