Judge leaves New York indoor mask mandate in place, for now

Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 5:24 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- A New York appeals judge has left in place the state’s indoor mask mandate while Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration appeals a lower court’s decision to overturn it.

Judge Robert Miller granted the state’s request Tuesday for a stay of a Long Island judge’s ruling Monday that the governor and health officials lacked authority to require masks.

An attorney for the state argues that the earlier ruling would “radically disrupt the status quo” and endanger the health of students and staff at schools.

In a statement sent to media, Attorney General Letitia James said:

“Nearly three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that wearing a mask saves lives. This mandate and today’s decision are critical in helping to stop the spread of this virus and protect individuals young and old. We will continue to do everything in our power to prioritize the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers.”

Under today’s order, the mask mandate will stay in effect until the Appellate court takes further action.