Livingston County will not enforce state’s new mask mandate
Livingston County, New York – According to leaders in Livingston County, they will not be enforcing New York state’s new indoor mask mandate that took effect on Monday.
The mandate is “unenforceable,” according to the county’s board of supervisors.
This mandate is a swift change of position of the governor, county officials said. They say that any mandate should come with oversight and resources from the state.
Instead, the county says it will focus on expanded testing, vaccine advocacy, and other public health messaging.
The following is the full statement released by the county on Monday:
“The Board of Supervisors acknowledges that New York State plans to implement a statewide mandate on masks/vaccine requirements effective today, Monday, December 13th. This directive represents a change of position from Governor Hochul.
“Earlier this month, Hochul was making comments that she would allow these types of mandates to be local, county-by-county decisions. The Governor is stated as saying “we don’t need a one-size-fits-all approach.” While she did further say she might consider statewide edicts, the Governor also commented on December 2nd that such a mandate Upstate would be “almost impossible” to enforce. We agree Governor.
“Governor Hochul derided the use of these types of measures just days ago. Now, we are back to Cuomo-era approaches. That is an unfortunate, and swift, switch of position by the Governor.
“Livingston County has taken a position that we will not be enforcing this state mandate at the local / county level. Any state mandate of this type should come with corresponding state-led oversight and resources from the state government, not pushed down to counties to handle the work of enforcement for an “unenforceable” mandate that is due to be re-assessed in approximately 30 days.
“Instead, our efforts at the County level will continue to be in the areas of mental health services, public health messaging, enhanced and expanded testing, supports to K-12 schools to keep children in the classroom, vaccine advocacy and other related pandemic response services.
“Complaints and calls related to issues of masks and business mandates should, and will, be forwarded to the NYS Department of Health as the rightful responding agency for any enforcement consideration.”