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New York Governor Kathy Hochul infuriated business owners and New Yorkers in general when she inexplicably imposed a mask or vax mandate on Monday despite the fact that the state has some of the lowest rates for COVID and highest rates of vaccination in the country.
The decision to follow the unnecessary mandate, which dictates that masks will be required in all indoor public places unless the business or venue implements a vaccine requirement, is being left up to individual counties and businesses.
The New York Post is reporting that employers could be hit with penalties up to $1,000 per violation.
Meanwhile, New Yorkers are now sounding off over the COVID mandate and want this nonsense stopped immediately.
A Manhattan hedge-fund manager called the mandate “shortsighted, in that people were told they have to get a vaccine.”
“These mask mandates hinder the desire people have to get back to the office and further delay the revitalization of Midtown and downtown office life,” the manager proclaimed. “If people want to wear masks, they can wear masks, but we have to let individuals make their own risk-taking decisions and stop making those decisions on their behalf.”
“And that might be necessary at the beginning of a pandemic — but two years later, it reeks of authoritarianism,” he added echoing the sentiments of his fellow New Yorkers.
On day one or the new statewide #Masks #mandate @GovKathyHochul hosting a packed infrastructure event at her Manhattan office. Everyone here is masked. They did not check vaccination status at the door. #NBC4NY pic.twitter.com/EhtEgPqC11
— Andrew Siff (@andrewsiff4NY) December 13, 2021
The governor’s order is even more intrusive than mask mandates put into effect by her predecessor Andrew Cuomo, according to the New York Post. It is being inflicted on individuals as the incredibly mild Omicron variant is causing panic among liberals.
A banker on Wall Street labeled the directive “so frustrating because I got the vaccine, not only because it was mandated but because I wanted to be able to go to work without having to wear a mask all day.”
“I’ve been very exhausted because I constantly have to talk to my clients all day and sometimes I can’t breathe properly in my mask — and my clients can’t hear me,” the banker commented. “It just doesn’t make sense to get the vaccine if I still have to wear a mask. That’s so dumb.”
Governor Hochul’s mask mandate is another crushing blow to New York businesses, especially our #NY21 small business community.
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) December 13, 2021
Others piped up over the mandate. A clerk for a Manhattan law firm stated, “I find this discouraging — a downer for the holiday season.”
“When I can get away with not wearing a mask at work, depending on which boss is in, I’ll take it off,” declared the young clerk. “Wearing a mask doesn’t speak to whether you’re vaccinated or not.”
The push-back against Hochul’s mandate is getting more intense by the day.
This morning, Kathy Hochul’s absurd new statewide mask mandate went into effect throughout New York.
Counties should not comply with the Governor’s order!
Enough with the mandates, fines, threats, and firings.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) December 13, 2021
Hochul stated during a press conference in Manhattan that she had “faith in New Yorkers … to do what’s right” and comply with her mandate. “We hope that counties will enforce it.”
“As governor, my top priority is to protect the health of New Yorkers and the health of our economy, and these temporary measures will help us get through the holiday season safely,” she said in a statement Monday.
“I share everyone’s frustration that we have gotten to this point, especially with the vaccine at our disposal,” Hochul added. “I want to thank the millions of New Yorkers who have done the right thing to get fully vaccinated. We are all in this together and if others will follow suit, these measures will no longer be necessary.”
New Yorkers apparently are no longer buying what she’s selling.
Hochul’s rival in next year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, Rep. Tom Suozzi, is accusing her of being “not focused sufficiently on developing a comprehensive plan to address a very serious issue that we face in our state and in our country.”
“I think it’s causing chaos,” he charged, according to the New York Post. “I think it’s causing businesses to say, ‘What do you mean? You told me on Friday … on the weekend, and now Monday I’m supposed to enforce this?’”
“I mean, it’s not a plan, and it’s not being sold to the public,” Suozzi stated.
“Come January 1, my administration will move Nassau forward with a common-sense approach that acknowledges the facts, science, and progress made by our residents while also protecting businesses and jobs from any further damage created by government mandates,” Nassau County Executive-elect Bruce Blakeman declared in a statement.
“Nassau County is not in crisis, and should not be painted with the same broad brush as the rest of the state,” the Republican asserted.
12 Counties in NY so far saying no to Hochul’s unconstitutional mask mandate. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/uR8aGlkuj6
— HoneyWestfan (@HoneyIsWest) December 13, 2021
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