Attorney General James’ Statement on Judge’s Decision to Temporarily Allow Enforcement of New York’s Mask Mandate

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement after a New York Supreme Court Appellate Judge granted her office’s motion to stay a decision Monday night striking down the state’s mask mandate:

“Nearly three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that wearing a mask saves lives. This mandate and today’s decision are critical in helping to stop the spread of this virus and protect individuals young and old. We will continue to do everything in our power to prioritize the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers.”

Under today’s order, the mask mandate will stay in effect until the Appellate court takes further action.