Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to drop New York's indoor mask mandate on Wednesday, marking a turning point in the state's Covid response.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 7:00 PM EST

The decision will eliminate a rule that prompted legal and interpersonal clashes over mask wearing, especially in conservative parts of New York. It was set to expire on Thursday and would have required renewing.

Ms. Hochul is expected to let the mask mandate lapse just as a crushing winter surge in coronavirus cases is finally receding.

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