Court Hearing Scheduled For Friday on Fate of Statewide Mask Mandate

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The fate of a statewide mask mandate aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 is expected to be discussed in court Friday.

On Monday, a State Supreme court judge in Nassau County said Governor Hochul and State Health Commissioner Doctor Mary Bassett didn't have the authority to issue such a mandate without approval from the State Legislature. But on Tuesday, an Appellate Division judge granted a request from the State Attorney General's office to keep the mandate in place for now. There's no word how long it may take for ruling to be issued following today's hearing.

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