New York to adopt new CDC mask guidance for fully vaccinated people Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo says

New York state will adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new mask guidance for fully vaccinated people starting Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

People two weeks removed from their final Covid-19 vaccine dose no longer need to wear a face mask or stay 6 feet away from others in most settings, whether outdoors or indoors, Cuomo said, following the CDC's updated public health guidance released Thursday.

They will still need to wear a mask when traveling by plane, bus or train as well as in certain places such as at hospitals, schools or at establishments that require them, he said. Unvaccinated people and those with compromised immune systems should continue to wear masks, he said.

"Let's get back to life," Cuomo said during a press conference. "If you are vaccinated, you are safe. No masks, no social distancing."

More than 9.9 million adult New Yorkers have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, according to Cuomo. Roughly 8.3 million adult New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, he said. The state's positivity rate, or the total percent of tests returning positive for Covid, is at 1.1% as of Sunday, its lowest level since Sept. 29, Cuomo said.

"We are managing Covid, we haven't defeated Covid," he said. "We still have more work to do on vaccinations."

Cuomo also announced the New York City Marathon, the world's biggest marathon, is returning on Nov. 7. The race will permit 33,000 runners, or 60% of capacity. Health and safety guidelines will be in place, subject to change as race day approaches, Cuomo said.

"This is about rekindling the spirit of New York," Cuomo said.

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