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Gov. Cuomo Deems Himself ‘Essential’, Evades Quarantine After Georgia Trip

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Georgia this week to support the State’s response to the spread of COVID-19, but he did not quarantine as instructed by his own travel advisory.

Cuomo issued the order on June 25, requiring anyone traveling from over a dozen states considered COVID-19 hotbeds to New York to quarantine for 14 days. That list of states includes Georgia.

Essential workers, however, are exempt from that rule. And, Gov. Cuomo deems himself part of that group, he told reporters this week. Cuomo also said he was to receive a COVID test upon his return from the Peach State.

Additionally, the national mask mandate advocate was seen during the Georgia trip without a mask in up-close moments with local officials.

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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