New York's proof-of-vaccination or mask rule for businesses is set to have an "update" on Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday said.
Hochul indicated no change will come for masking in schools as neighboring states in recent days, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have moved to suspend the statewide requirement in the coming weeks.
Any change in the mandate for businesses would come as it is set to expire on Thursday.
"We are going to be assessing our situation here in New York," Hochul said during an appearance in Ulster County assessing damage from a recent storm.
Hochul once again indicated an increase in the number of children, especially those ages 5 to 11, will be linked to a decision over when the mask requirement for schools can end.
"I have a lot of metrics I'm using right now," Hochul said. "I'm not saying we won't get to that place, it's just premature to say."
Vaccination rates among kids under 11 is at 34% in New York state.
"I know we can do better than that," Hochul said. "Let's get those younger kids vaccinated."
New York's indoor mask mandate is also facing a challenge in state court. A state Supreme Court judge on Long Island last month overturned the mask mandate, but a stay on that order was put in place by an appeallate court as the Hochul administration seeks an appeal.
Opponents of the mandate have argued the state Department of Health did not have the authority to put the statewide mask rule in place in December amid a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant. The Hochul administration, as well as state Attorney General Letitia James' office, have argued the Department of Health has broad authority over protecting public health, which includes the indoor mask mandate.
New York over the last month has seen a steep decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases, while hospitalizations due to the virus have also seen a decrease.
Republican candidate for governor Lee Zeldin in a statement Monday once again called for an end to the statewide mask mandate for both businesses as well as in schools.
"Not only should Hochul be fired as governor, but she shouldn't even be elected to serve on a school board," he said. "We need power hungry fools like her as far removed from any positions of power as possible."