New York’s mask mandate was quickly reinstated Tuesday (Jan. 25) afternoon after an appeals court judge granted a stay, temporarily blocking a ruling that struck down the mandate on Monday (Jan. 24).
Gov. Kathy Hochul said in August that all students and staff would need to wear masks in schools. Then in December, she announced a mask requirement for all indoor businesses and venues unless they already require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter.
When Judge Thomas Rademaker ruled Hochul’s mandate unconstitutional, Hochul said she’d fight back. The State Attorney General’s Office filed a notice of appeal by Tuesday morning. Justice Robert Miller, after granting the stay, scheduled another hearing on the mask issue for Friday (Jan. 28) morning.