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Governor Hochul institutes mask duty in NY

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 11: New York Governor Kathy Hochul joins the military, police, high school bands and others as they march in the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 2021 in New York City. After being canceled last year because of COVID-19, the largest Veterans Day parade in the United States will once again march up 5th Avenue in Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 11: New York Governor Kathy Hochul joins the military, police, high school bands and others as they march in the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

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UPDATE 9:25 AM PT – Saturday, December 11, 2021

Empire State is strengthening its COVID restrictions due to the new variant. New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) is proving that once you unmask, you absolutely have to turn around.

His successor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that any indoor business that does not have a vaccine requirement must require patrons to wear masks. Any violators will be fined $1,000 for each violation.

Hochul reassured New Yorkers that things could have been worse.

“I don’t want to go back to a place where people can’t get to work safely, can’t congregate, children can’t go to school,” Hochul said. “That isolation had a serious effect on the human condition, and we’re still dealing with the fallout today.”

Not to be outdone by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), Hochul is pushing for the rest of the state to catch up with the Big Apple’s strict vaccination and mask requirements. Hochul commends New York City residents for adhering to the heavy restrictions.

“Many people in New York City have had to deal with this, have been dealing with it for a while. You did a great job and that’s why your hospital capacity is good,” she said. “That’s why your vaccinations are high, your infections aren’t as high as the rest of the state, but the rest of the state now has a wake-up call.”

Some skeptics believe the move will hurt small businesses struggling to recover from the restrictions. However, Hochul claims she truly protects business owners and this duty will be temporary.

“My plan is temporary. It starts on Monday. We will reassess on January 15th so businesses have clarity, they don’t find out at the last minute. We talked to businesses throughout the week to make sure they knew what was going on,” Hochul asserts.

The statewide case rate jumped 43 percent over a seven-day period, even though 80 percent of New Yorkers got at least one dose of the vaccine.

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