NY mask mandate granted full stay during appeal | WHEC.com

NY mask mandate granted full stay during appeal

Updated: January 31, 2022 09:58 PM
Created: January 31, 2022 07:10 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Kathy Hochul's statewide mask mandate Monday was granted a full stay during the state's appeal of a New York State Supreme Court Judge's decision that ruled the executive order unconstitutional.

It was given a "temporary stay" by the Appellate Division Tuesday after Judge Thomas Rademaker Monday ruled the mandate violates the New York State Constitution.

Nevertheless, Hochul Friday extended her "mask or proof of vaccination" policy for all indoor public places through at least Feb. 10 and said she will re-evaluate the policy every two weeks.

New York Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement:

“We are pleased by the Appellate Division, Second Department’s decision today to preserve the statewide mask mandate pending the appeal. Wearing a mask saves lives. The mask mandate and today’s decision will help in our efforts to fight back this virus. My office will continue to use its full authority to keep New Yorkers safe.”

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