NY Gov. Kathy Hochul announces statewide school mask mandate will be lifted Wednesday.
How bad are the polling numbers for Democrats as we begin to get nearer to the mid-terms?
So bad that face masks and vaccine cards, the bane of New York City’s residents and business owners, are starting to get phased out.
On Sunday, Mayor Eric Adams announced his intention to reverse the city’s “Key2NYC” policy, which currently requires anyone 5 and older to show proof of vaccination in order to enter most public spaces, such as restaurants, bars, gyms and grocery stores. He also said he wants to end the indoor mask requirement for students and staff in schools across the city.
Those steps, some of the biggest in New York City’s move toward a return to pre-pandemic life, would start Monday, March 7.
“At the end of this week, we will evaluate the numbers and make a final announcement on Friday. If we see no unforeseen spikes and our numbers continue to show a low level of risk, New York City will remove the indoor mask mandate for public school children, effective next Monday, March 7,” the mayor said in a statement.
The announcement came hours after Governor Kathy Hochul said the state will no longer require students and staff to wear masks inside schools beginning on Wednesday, March 2nd, ending the state’s school mask mandate.
“We will lift the statewide requirement based on all the all the data,” Hochul said. “However, there are some counties that have higher rate of transmission. We will allow them to determine what is best for their county.”
She added that parents will have the choice to continue to send their children to school with masks and urged people to not bully those who still chose to wear them.
In yet another example of the utter uselessness of mask mandates, New York lifted the statewide mandate two weeks ago and cases have dropped 62%
It’s absolutely remarkable that anyone can get away with pretending that mandates have made the slightest bit of difference pic.twitter.com/B8lEQs5AN1
— Ian Miller (@ianmSC) February 26, 2022
What are the chances the risk level will be deemed low enough to remove the requirements? At the present time, the numbers look good.
New York City’s five counties all have “low” transmission, according to the CDC. Eighty-seven percent of all adults in the city are fully vaccinated, while 78% of 13-17 year-olds are fully vaccinated and 42% of children 5-12 years have completed their vaccination series.
“Our schools have been among the safest places for our children since the beginning of the pandemic, and we will continue to make the proper public health decisions to keep our kids safe, including making masks available for any child or school staff member who wishes to continue wearing them,” Adams said in his statement.
March 7th could also be a turning point for businesses in New York City. The mayor added, “Additionally, New York City’s numbers continue to go down day after day, so, as long as COVID indicators show a low level of risk and we see no surprises this week, on Monday, March 7 we will also lift Key2NYC requirements. This will give business owners the time to adapt and will allow us to ensure we are making the best public health decisions for the people of New York.”
Legal Insurrection readers may recall my report that in preparation for Biden ending the “War on Covid“, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) went from assessing risk only on the infection rate to considering hospitalization rates and hospital capacity.
Despite the move, Karens still gotta Karen.
Now, some members of the pro-vaccine crowd are angry that they’ll be in the company of uninoculated New Yorkers indoors.
‘Why would you do this?’ one person tweeted toward the mayor. ‘This is going to harm the economy as people who felt safe patronizing vaccine mandatory businesses no longer will.’
Added another Twitter user: ‘So the vaccine refusers are getting rewarded.’
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