New York Judge Strikes Down State Mask Mandate

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New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rademaker ruled that Health Commissioner Mary Bassett didn’t have the authority to issue an emergency regulation last year requiring masks in indoor settings. The mandate “is a law that was promulgated and enacted unlawfully by an executive branch state agency, and therefore void and unenforceable,” the judge said. The new ruling means that students can attend class without wearing a mask and that people can patronize businesses without wearing a mask.