Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s refusal to comply with federal advice by easing indoor mask mandates has sparked confusion — and battle — amongst New Yorkers who’re hazy on which recommendation to comply with, enterprise homeowners griped Friday.
“Today my second client walked in without a mask. She said she thought it was allowed because the president and the CDC said it was OK for vaccinated people,” David Plasse, a private coach who runs Plasse Strength & Fitness in Queens informed The Post.
“I explained to her, actually we’re waiting for Cuomo to make an announcement. I got her to wear the mask but she was pretty pissed.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the green light Thursday for absolutely vaccinated Americans to go mask-free inside in most circumstances — however each New York lawmakers refused to log off, saying they want to “review” the new guidelines.
Plasse, who has about 100 purchasers however can solely enable eight contained in the gymnasium at a time due to COVID-19 capability limits, mentioned he desires Cuomo and de Blasio to get on the identical web page because the science.
“Clients are sick of wearing masks but, because there has been no official announcement from the governor or mayor, we still have to implement mask regulations. CDC should be the authority but, unfortunately, the governor has the final say in my situation,” he mentioned.
The pointless lack of readability has additionally triggered a number of clashes at Big Apple eating places, together with at the very least one pizzeria in Queens.
“We had five arguments with customers yesterday,” the pizzeria proprietor, who requested not to be named for worry of retribution from the State Liquor Authority, informed The Post.
The restaurateur mentioned he doesn’t suppose it’s truthful for “us very small business guys” to bear the burden of being Gov. Cuomo’s enforcers.
“It’s ridiculous,” Queens Chamber of Commerce President Tom Grech additionally fumed.
“The left hand should be in sync with what the right hand is doing.”
On Thursday, Cuomo introduced that Health Commissioner Howard Zucker — the embattled official concerned within the alleged COVID-19 nursing home deaths cover-up — can be tasked with reviewing the up to date CDC guidance for the Empire State.
“In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening,” Cuomo mentioned Thursday, earlier than then apparently dismissing the science.
“We have received the newly revised guidance from the CDC regarding mask-wearing and social distancing for those with vaccinations and are reviewing them in consultation with Dr. Zucker and our partners and health experts in surrounding states.”
A rep for Cuomo mentioned Friday that his assertion nonetheless stands — with out providing any additional replace or responding to additional questions from The Post.
Mayor Bill de Blasio additionally hesitated Friday to ease town’s indoor mask mandate in public areas.
“We are reviewing the guidance because masks will still be important for schools, public transportation, healthcare and congregate settings and more. But the message is clear: vaccinations are the way to bring our city, our lives, back,” he mentioned in a press release.
Still, Hizzoner urged New Yorkers to exit and get jabbed — ignoring the apparent incentive that following the federal guidance and easing town’s mask mandate may present to enhance vaccinations.
“Get vaccinated. It’s safe, effective and millions of your neighbors have been vaccinated already,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, President Biden — who for months has gone to absurd extremes to put on masks, even during a virtual summit and outside after getting fully vaccinated — was fortunately baring his face Friday.
Asked if he’s having fun with his first day with out a mask, Biden informed reporters, “Yes,” earlier than strolling towards the foyer of the West Wing.