New York State Provides COVID Guidelines for Public Schools That Now Include a Mask Mandate

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ALBANY, NY (SBN) — As public-school students return to classrooms in New York, the state health department has new guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools. In March, the Centers for Disease Control revised its federal pandemic guidelines for schools – now New York’s Department of Health has clarified how those guidelines should be applied in the state. While the C-D-C recommends reducing social distancing requirements from six-feet to three in classrooms, the new state guidance specifies circumstances when six feet of distance should be maintained. Hear more about the new guidelines in this radio news report from SBN correspondent Steve Lubetkin.

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Steve Lubetkin
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at