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… Over the weekend, Molinaro said he had been on several conference calls with the governor’s office before reaching his decision. The key problem with the mandate, according to Molinaro, is that Governor Hochul does not have the same extraordinary power granted to Governor Cuomo during the worst days of the pandemic. The mandate wouldn’t be enforceable by police. Instead it would be up to the health department to handle violations, which the county executive says is completely impractical.
However, many rules Dutchess County businesses are already encouraged to follow, like making sure customers wear shoes and shirts, are also very difficult to enforce. When asked why he wouldn’t just support the mandate in spirit, hoping that many local businesses would do the right thing, the county executive admitted that he’s not convinced that a mask mandate is actually a good idea.
Molinaro said that there is no data to back up the fact that one state’s actions have resulted in a better or worse result than any other’s. Molinaro also pointed to the fact that we now have vaccines, widespread testing and better treatments for COVID which puts hospitals in a better situation to treat the disease than a year ago when he did support the mask mandate. “I encourage people to learn how best to protect themselves and their families and follow practices that are best for you.”
When asked if he still encouraged mask use for unvaccinated individuals, he directed me back to his previous quote.
I wanted to know if Molinaro would reconsider supporting a mandate if cases rose to higher levels. The county executive said he didn’t believe he would support the requirement for masks at any time in the future, directing me to his official statement below.
As we educate and inform residents to take the necessary mitigation steps to protect themselves and those they love, we will not escalate tension or conflict or further burden our local small businesses by allocating resources we do not have to this impractical and unenforceable measure…
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