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NYC will require vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms

By Karen Matthews

Read the full article from AP News, here.

New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, making it the first big city in the U.S. to impose such restrictions.

The new requirement, which will be phased in over several weeks in August and September, is the most aggressive step the city has taken yet to curb a surge in cases caused by the Delta variant. People will have to show proof that they have had at least one dose of a vaccine.

Local leaders consider mask mandates as Cuomo pushes for private vaccination policies

By Keith McShea and Thomas J. Prohaska

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

The push for more people to resume wearing face masks continued Monday, as the University at Buffalo imposed an indoor mask mandate for everyone on campus and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo urged private businesses, schools and hospitals to require vaccinations.

Erie County already has a mask mandate for county employees, but has so far not imposed one on the private sector.

Niagara County announced Monday that it will not demand masks in the private sector, but County Legislature Chairwoman Rebecca J. Wydysh said the Legislature will consider a mask mandate for county buildings Tuesday.

Local Covid-19 positivity rate exceeds growing state percentage

By Anne Neville

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

The percentage of people testing positive for Covid-19 statewide continued to climb, and Western New York numbers were higher than statewide rates, according to the latest figures released Sunday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Statewide, 2.68% of tests were positive Saturday, an increase over the seven-day average of 2.40%.

The numbers in Erie County were higher and climbing slightly each day, with 2.82% of people testing positive Thursday, 3.09% on Friday and 3.17% on Saturday.

Schools waiting for state guidance told to plan on masks for the fall

By Barbara O’Brien and Charity Vogel

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa is recommending schools use federal CDC guidance in planning for opening schools this year, which means masking for all teachers, staff and students, regardless of vaccination status.

Rosa, in a letter to school leaders Thursday, said the Covid-19 pandemic is “still dynamic,” but predicted that much-awaited guidance from state Health Department officials would largely mirror that of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Like school leaders, the Education Department is “anxious” to receive guidance from the state Health Department on what safety measures should be followed for the fall semester, Rosa said in the letter to district superintendents, principals and leaders from charter schools.

Covid variant muddles return-to-office outlook

By News Business Reporter

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

But the course the virus takes will determine how those back-to-the-office plans shape up.

The next month’s data on the delta variant, as well as guidance from state and local health officials, “will be critical to the finalization of our return to office plans, including on-site logistics,” she said.

“We know how quickly the data can change, and we are prepared to pivot our plans if necessary to ensure that our employees are safe and healthy so they can continue serving our members,” Hartmann added.

Poloncarz: Indoor mask mandates could return this week

By News Staff Reporter

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said today he believes a mask mandate for indoor gatherings in Erie County could be coming as soon as the end of this week because of the rise in Covid-19 cases.

“We will have an indoor mask requirement again, possibly by the end of the week,” Poloncarz said Wednesday during an Erie County Industrial Development Agency meeting.