In order to stop the soaring COVID cases in New York, New York governor Kathy Hochul has issued a new mask and vax mandate which takes effect on Monday.
In her new mandate, Hochul ordered indoor public places statewide — like restaurants and shops — to require that staff and customers either show proof of vaccination or wear masks.
According to reports, the new mandate will last until January 15 and could be extended depending upon the COVID situation in the state.
“I have to protect people but also the economy. I want to make sure that the little businesses that were hurt so hard during the pandemic in a shutdown — resulting in their loss of income, [and] the loss of income of all the people who work for them,” Hochul said in an event in Manhattan on Friday morning.
Sources said under Hochul’s new order, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other shops are required to have their customers mask up or show proof of vaccination at the door.
Businesses who will fail to enforce the rules could be subject to civil and criminal penalties, including a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation.
To ensure everyone follows the order, Hochul tasked the local health departments to enforce it.