Court upholds Gov. Hochul’s indoor mask mandate during appeals
New York's Appellate court upheld Gov. Kathy Hochul's mask mandate for indoor public locations and schools as the appeals process continues.
Last week, state Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker struck down the order, saying that neither the governor nor the state health commissioner had the authority to enact the mandate without the state Legislature, since the governor no longer has emergency powers.
Gov. Hochul released a statement after the stay was granted by the state.
"I commend the Appellate Division, Second Department for granting a full stay to keep our masking regulations in place for the duration of our appeal. My primary responsibility as Governor is to keep New Yorkers safe. Mask regulations keep our schools and businesses safe and open, protect vulnerable New Yorkers, and are critical tools as we work to get through this winter surge. Thanks to our efforts, including mask regulations, cases are declining and we are seeing major progress in the fight against COVID-19. I thank the Attorney General and her team for their defense of these common sense measures, and I am confident we will continue to prevail. We are committed to doing everything in our power to keep New Yorkers safe."
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