A quarter of New York’s counties are refusing to enforce a new mask mandate imposed by Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, The New York Post reported.
Hochul ordered every indoor business in the state to either check vaccine status at the door or require masks, with fines of up to $10,000 per violation from Dec. 13 to at least Jan. 15.
“My health department has critical things to do that are more important than enforcing this and I think small businesses have been through enough already,” Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said, The New York Post reported. He said he was opposed to “using Gestapo tactics and going business to business and asking them if they are enforcing masking.”
“We don’t have the resources or even the desire to engage in a mandate that we don’t believe is going to produce a measurable outcome,” Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro told The New York Post.
“What am I going to do, station somebody at a Walmart 24/7? It’s silly,” Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden commented, according to The New York Post.
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