By Laurel Duggan
A quarter of New York’s counties are refusing to enforce a new mask mandate imposed by Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, the New York Post reported.
Hochul ordered every indoor business in the state to either check vaccine status at the door or require masks, with fines of up to $10,000 per violation from Dec. 13 to at least Jan. 15.
“Hochul is in over her head. First, she comes out with a ridiculous mask mandate that will crush NY small businesses. Then after counties pushed back, she immediately folded and said she wouldn’t force them to comply.”
–NYGOP Chairman @NickLangworthyhttps://t.co/Ldh3iHSQGh
— New York GOP (@NewYorkGOP) December 15, 2021
“My health department has critical things to do that are more important than enforcing this and I think small businesses have been through enough already,” Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said, the NYP reported. He said he was opposed to “using Gestapo tactics and going business to business and asking them if they are enforcing masking.”
“We don’t have the resources or even the desire to engage in a mandate that we don’t believe is going to produce a measurable outcome,” Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro told the NYP.
“What am I going to do, station somebody at a Walmart 24/7? It’s silly,” Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden commented, according to the NYP.
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