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1.13.22 COVID Bulletin: SCOTUS Blocks Vax-or-Test Rule

This afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked OSHA’s emergency rule that required employees at workplaces of 100 or more to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test weekly.   The court issued a temporary stay, meaning that enforcement of the rule should be paused while circuit courts consider the case more fully.   The rule has been subject to heavy litigation, being blocked

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12.21.21 Advocacy Alert: What’s the Latest on Biden’s Vax/Test Mandate?

In early November, the Biden administration released a requirement that all employers with 100 or more+ employees require them to be vaccinated or test weekly. Almost immediately, the rule was challenged in court, leading to conflicting information. Here’s what we know going into the final days of the year.   Timeline  November 4: OSHA releases “Vax or Test” rule. 

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12.17.21 Advocacy Alert: Canada to Again Require Testing for Entry

Today, Canadian officials announced they would be reinstating a requirement that all entrants present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.   The requirement will take effect Tuesday, according to the Buffalo News.   After an outcry over the strict requirement, which made travel to Canada cost-prohibitive for some, Canada relaxed the testing

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12.13.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Statewide Mask Mandate Now in Effect

Starting today, Governor Kathy Hochul is imposing a mask mandate for all indoor public settings in New York State.  According to guidance from the New York Department of Health, an indoor public place is any indoor space that is not a private residence.     The mandate comes with one notable exception: venues that require proof

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12.10.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Hochul Imposes Statewide Mask Mandate

This morning, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she is imposing a mask mandate for all indoor public settings in New York State, effective Monday.   The mandate comes with one notable exception: venues that require proof of vaccination for entry do not have to require masks.   Hochul said she will reassess the state’s COVID-19

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11.24.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Biden to Mandate Vaccine for Nonresident Essential Border Crossers

The Biden administration plans to mandate that by January 22, essential non-American travelers entering the U.S. by land must be vaccinated, the Associated Press reports.   The U.S. already requires vaccination for non-essential travelers – people coming to America for vacation, shopping, or other personal affairs. However, throughout the pandemic, essential travelers have not had a vaccine requirement, provided that they

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11.23.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Erie DOH Releases Details on New Mask Mandates 

Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein just released a detailed order with new pandemic protocols, clarifying the County Executive’s announcement yesterday.  Anyone over two (2) must wear a mask in all indoor public settings, regardless of their vaccination status. Any indoor employees must wear a mask when interacting with patrons. Anyone using public transit or other

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11.22.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: Poloncarz Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

This afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced he will mandate the wearing of face coverings in all indoor public places, including private businesses. This includes bars, restaurants, stores, theaters, barbershops, salons, gyms, entertainment and sport venues, hotels, banks, and all other places open to the public.   This mandate takes effect tomorrow (Tuesday, November 23) at 6:00 am.

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