I was told to expect masks and caution from Covid in New York – but what I saw shocked me – .

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I was told to expect masks and caution from Covid in New York – but what I saw shocked me – .


I mostly threw away my masks in late summer and only continued to wear one in crowded London transport. I am mildly asthmatic, a little claustrophobic, and have glasses that tend to fog up, but if there’s a mask warrant in the New York subway, so be it. I’m a guest here, so I complied.

Even so, I was really surprised at the number of people who adhere to this rule. Among the legendary provocative New Yorkers, there was no mouth or nose to see. Taking the opportunity to let my face cover slip off to revive my oxygen-deprived lungs, I was blinded by another passenger.

For a dizzying few weeks in the summer, New Yorkers were allowed to show their faces in public places. But then the Delta variant surged and vaccination rates stagnated. Only 68 percent of New Yorkers are fully immunized, and there are particular issues with state employees. During my trip, I saw a TV report indicating that the NYPD has more members requesting a vaccine exemption than any other agency in the city.

Thus, since mid-September, the Covid regulations have been strict. To enter a restaurant or bar, you must present proof of vaccination, supported by an identity document. All unvaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public places, as should everyone on public transport, and in health and long-term care facilities.

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