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New York Mask Mandate Back in Place After Appeals Judge Grants Stay

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An indoor mask mandate is back in effect in New York State after an appeals judge on Tuesday granted a stay while the governor’s administration …
An indoor mask mandate is back in effect in New York State after an appeals judge on Tuesday granted a stay while the governor’s administration pursues an appeal. New York Appellate Judge Robert Miller in New York City granted the state’s request for a stay after Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rademaker ruled that Gov. Kathy Hochul’s mask mandate for schools and public places is unconstitutional and unenforceable. Rademaker had written in his order that the state Legislature would need to approve such laws for the mask mandate to be imposed in schools and other public spaces. The state said in its court filing, appealing the ruling, “The order, if not stayed will allow individuals to refuse to wear face coverings in indoor public settings where the risk of COVID-19 spread is high, including in schools where many children remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.” After the stay was granted, Hochul, a Democrat, said that mask regulations “are critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19, make schools and businesses safe, and save lives.

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