New York Brings Back Mask Mandates

New York Brings Back Mask Mandates

( – The world is approaching the two-year mark of the coronavirus pandemic, and we’re not out of the woods yet. With variants occurring one after the other, there’s no telling when or how it will all end.

Omicron is the latest iteration of the virus, and New York is reimplementing indoor mask mandates for businesses if they don’t require proof of vaccination. Anyone violating the strict policy will face a whopping $1,000 fine. According to Governor Kathy Hochul (D), the mandate, which began on December 13, will last until a re-evaluation of the pandemic’s status happens on January 15, 2022.

Not only is the Big Apple now reimplementing the masking restriction; officials also announced kids ages 5 to 11 would require vaccination for many indoor activities.

New York isn’t the only state trying to instill new restrictions on its citizens. Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada, Hawaii, and Illinois already have similar mandates. Currently, New Hampshire tops the nation with new cases.

When discussing the Omicron variant, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said the state is simply trying to stay ahead of the fast-moving virus, but the fact is, he’s heading down the same path much of New York faced last year. Cases in the Empire State spiked above 43% over the Thanksgiving holiday. There’s no telling how much impact the new restrictions will have in halting the spread.

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