Plattsburgh, NY — New York’s mask mandate took effect Monday and will run through January 15. All businesses and public indoor spaces are ordered to institute a vaccination mandate or require all individuals to wear masks.

The mandate comes in response to the winter surge as COVID cases and hospitalizations increase across New York. Caroline Tetreault, owner of A Beautiful Mess said, she began requiring masks for employees and customers before the mandate.

“We don’t want to be a part of the problem. We want to be a part of the solution,” she said. “It is tight in here especially with holiday shoppers so for everyone’s safety, we’ve always just implemented wearing masks.”

North Country lawmakers and county officials are emphasizing safety during this surge. Assemblyman Bill Jones announced a new state-run vaccine clinic at Clinton Community College, which will be open several times a week. He says expanded testing sites is another priority.