Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the following on Monday:
"As we battle this winter surge, we will keep following the data and science-based public health policies to protect New Yorkers.
"That's why on Friday I announced guidance to shorten the isolation window for our critical workforce from 10 to five days, and I want to thank the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for now updating its guidance to shorten the recommended time for isolation from 10 to five days for everyone who is asymptomatic, as long as they wear a well-fitting mask.
"This is a critical step to support our small businesses, critical industries, and essential services as we get through this new variant."