Prohibits state agencies from promulgating rules, regulations or any form of guidance requiring individuals under the age of eighteen who are not exhibiting COVID-19 related symptoms, as defined by the centers for disease control and prevention, to wear a mask or face covering in a public place or while participating in any recreational or organized sporting activity.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
June 11, 2021
Introduced by M. of A. TAGUE -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Governmental Operations
AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting certain
COVID-19 mask and face covering mandates by state agencies
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 170-e
2 to read as follows:
3 § 170-e. COVID-19 mask and face covering mandate. 1. No state agency
4 shall promulgate rules, regulations or any form of guidance requiring
5 individuals under the age of eighteen who are not exhibiting COVID-19
6 related symptoms, as defined by the centers for disease control and
7 prevention, to wear a mask or face covering in a public place or while
8 participating in any recreational or organized sporting activity.
9 2. For the purposes of this section:
10 (a) "state agency" shall mean any executive department, bureau,
11 commission, agency, board or other agency, any public authority, and the
12 judiciary and the legislature.
13 (b) "face-covering" shall include, but not be limited to, cloth masks,
14 surgical masks or N95 respirators.
15 (c) "public place" shall not include facilities established pursuant
16 to article twenty-eight of the public health law or private health care
18 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.