In her first formal address as New York's new state leader, Gov. Kathy Hochul outlined several plans for new statewide vaccination and testing rules, and announced a new masking rule for schools.
"At the stroke of midnight I once again took the oath of office, creating a sacred bond of trust between me and every New Yorker," Hochul said. "Your priorities are my priorities. And right now that means fighting the delta variant."
She indicated she was working on making partnerships "with all levels of government" in the state to establish a universal requirement that school staff either get vaccinated or be required to test weekly for the coronavirus.
She also said she would direct the state Department of Health to require that anyone who goes into a school setting to wear a mask, and promised to release "concise and consistent" guidance for schools later this week.
Hochul suggested that further vaccine rules would soon be announced
"With the FDA's full approval of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday, New Yorkers can expect more vaccine requirements, and more on that soon," she said.