The mask mandate of New York will continue until February 10.
New York governor Kathy Hochul made an extension to allow the estate Appellate Court enough time to know the legality of the emergency COVID order.
Hochul earlier questioned the decision of a lower court saying the mask rule was unconstitutional due to lack of authority.
“But I will not do it before we can do it safely,” Hochul said.
Sources said with Hochul’s mask mandate extension, masks are still required in health care facilities, homeless shelters, jails, public transportation, and any indoor public area or business where vaccination isn’t required for entry while the Appellate Court makes its determination.
The same sources said the appellate court is set to decide the matter next week.
Meanwhile, Hochul revealed the extension will have no bearing on the state’s mask requirement for schools, which she said will remain in place indefinitely.
“The only reason we have this is because this is how we can keep our schools open,” Hochul said.
“There will come a time where we talk about lifting this as well, but we’re just not there yet,” Hochul added.