New York dumps mask mandate, Supreme Court labels it 'unconstitutional'
- The decision took effect immediately
- Governor Kathy Hochul was not welcoming of the decisions
- CDC earlier said that cloth masks offers less protection
New York Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker reversed the state's mask mandate on Monday saying that the restriction was a violation of state law and deemed it as unconstitutional. The decision took effect immediately.
The verdict passed on Monday by the New York Judge elaborated that state legislative authorities limited any governor's ability to issue decrees like mask mandates, according to reports from Reuters.
Judge Thomas Rademaker said wrote the decisions taken by New York lawmakers prevent "the type of mandates and directives that former Governor Cuomo included in his various COVID-19 related Executive Orders."
The Supreme Court decision was not welcomed by all. New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a member of the Democratic party and the successor of Andrew Cuomo, had earlier decided to keep the mask mandate in place.
Upon hearing about the new verdict on mask mandates, Hochul said her office "strongly disagree with this ruling" and is "pursuing every option to reverse this immediately."
"My responsibility as Governor is to protect New Yorkers throughout this public health crisis, and these measures help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," Hochul said in a statement, according to reports from Reuters.
While announcing his decision on Monday, Rademaker wrote that the verdict is not intended "in any way to question or otherwise opine on the efficacy, need, or requirement of masks as a means or tool in dealing with the COVID-19 virus."
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that cloth masks offer less protection against COVID-19 than surgical face coverings. The news comes as the omicron variant has rattled United States' healthcare systems.
The World Health Organization's director-general on Monday warned that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and it's dangerous to assume omicron is the last one or that “we are in the endgame.”