A New York judge overturned a law that allowed the state government to place even healthy citizens in quarantine camps for an indefinite time without review.
Until July 8, the New York Department of Health had immense power to enforce quarantine measures on citizens. It received this power from the state’s Rule 2.13.
Legislators never voted to allow the New York Commissioner of Health to put any individual into quarantine for any length of time.
Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Department of Health ordered the rule’s protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Then, the state renewed Rule 2.13 every 90 days. The commissioner wanted to make the rule permanent, respondents told the court.