Mixed Responses to End of Indoor Mask Mandate

One day into the lifting of the state requirement for Covid-19 masks in public indoor spaces, Huntington residents had different responses. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the end of the mask mandate effective Thursday, though it is still in place for schools. It’s “not Read More …

Hochul Lifts Mask Mandate for Indoor Public Spaces

Gov. Kathy Hochul lifted the mask mandate for indoor public spaces, including businesses, effective Thursday. The mask mandate for schools remains in effect for now. Huntington Town Supervisor Edmund J. Smyth immediately canceled the mask mandate and temperature checks at town buildings. “The Town of Read More …

Covid-19 Mask Mandate Extended

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday extended the Covid-19 mask mandate for businesses and venues until Feb. 10. The mandate for schools remains in place while a court considers the legality of the governor’s order to require masks. “As we know, the school masking policy remains Read More …

Appeals Court Allows Mask Mandate to Continue

An appeals court ruling Tuesday will allow the state indoor mask mandate to remain in place until at least Friday. The state Education Department immediately notified schools that they should follow the mask mandate. Many schools, including those that had followed the initial ruling on Read More …

Judge Overturns Indoor Mask Mandate; State Appealing

A state judge in Nassau County overturned the state’s indoor mask rule Monday, saying the requirement is unconstitutional. Gov. Kathy Hochul immediately responded that the state would appeal the ruling and later in the evening, the State Education Department said schools must enforce the Covid-19 Read More …

Huntington Hospital Expert Weighs in on Best Mask Against Covid-19

As the Covid-19 epidemic wears on, many medical experts are recommending the use of N-95 masks and not the cloth versions that became commonplace back in 2020. Dr. Adrian Popp, head of the infectious diseases department at Huntington Hospital, said that, the Omicron variant of Read More …

2nd Update: Hochul Orders Mask Mandate for Indoor Public Space

Starting Monday, masks will be required for all indoor public spaces unless the venue has a vaccine requirement, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday. The governor said that the move was meant to address a surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. Hochul had said Thursday that Read More …

Schools: Mask Rules; Northport Enrollment Decline

An official in the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that when students are unmasked, schools should “implement physical distancing to the extent possible‚Ķ but should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.” Regulations issued by the state Department Read More …

Mask Policy Foes Disrupt Northport School Board Meeting

Updated 11:15 p.m.: The Northport school board temporarily stopped its meeting Thursday night as members of the audience shouted at the trustees about plans to require masks when classes resume in the fall. The shouting could be heard over Zoom, about 40 minutes after the Read More …