Mask Mandate Already Undermined in New York

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Kathy Hochul, New York Governor, weakened her state’s mask mandate Monday when she said that she wouldn’t force counties to follow the mandate.

“We have left it up to the counties to enforce. Hochul stated that she hoped that the counties would enforce it. Hochul stated that they expect them to, and hope they will. It’s in the public’s best interests of health. It also depends on individual businesses to do the right thing. Businesses are asked to protect customers and employees.

However, several counties, including Rockland and Madison, Niagara, Livingston, and Rensselaer counties, had already indicated their intent to not enforce this mandate.

“I informed the Governor’s staff that this requirement cannot and will be enforced as it stands now. How can you enforce something that is based on a news release that doesn’t contain sufficient information and explanation?” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said.

“Governor Hochul slammed the use of such measures just days ago,” David LeFeber (chairman of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors) stated in a statement. “Now, it is back to Cuomo era approaches. This is an unfortunate and quick change of position by the Governor.

PJ Wendel, the Chautauqua County Executive, is not intending to enforce the mandate. He has asked businesses to encourage patrons to wear masks but advised them to not engage in confrontations with patrons who aren’t complying.

It’s almost like the mandate doesn’t exist in some counties, even if they don’t enforce it.