It would be a far-left U.S. city if there wasn’t some level of authoritarianism thrust on its people just in time for the Christmas season.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) released an edict on Friday in which it will be required to wear masks “in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement" due to what she claims is a "winter surge," despite the fact that vaccinated people can still contract and spread the Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to a statement on the New York Governor’s website, Hochul said the following:
As Governor, my two top priorities are to protect the health of New Yorkers and to protect the health of our economy. The temporary measures I am taking today will help accomplish this through the holiday season. We shouldn't have reached the point where we are confronted with a winter surge, especially with the vaccine at our disposal, and I share many New Yorkers' frustration that we are not past this pandemic yet. I want to thank the more than 80 percent of New Yorkers who have done the right thing to get fully vaccinated. If others will follow suit, these measures will no longer be necessary.
Hochul also posted an explanation on Twitter to with the “frustration” of some New Yorkers.
I share New Yorkers’ frustration that we are not past this pandemic, but the winter surge is here & we must take action.— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) December 10, 2021
Starting Monday through January 15, businesses will have the option to implement either a vaccine or mask requirement. 1/
Compared with say — oh I don’t know — Florida, who doesn’t have anywhere near the restrictions that New York does, the Mayo Clinic’s COVID “Hot Spots” tracker shows that New York sees way more “Average daily cases per 100,000 people” than their Floridian counterpart.
The statement released on the governor’s website indicates that the requirement will be readdressed on January 15, 2022.
H/T: The Post Millennial