Hundreds gather at Niagara Square to protest Erie County disguise mandate

Hundreds gather at Niagara Square to protest Erie County disguise mandate




BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday morning, hundreds of people gathered in downtown Buffalo to protest Erie County’s disguise mandate.

Last month, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that the mandate impacts public places in the county.

MORE Erie County disguise mandate for all indoor, public locations takes effect

In these places, everyone must be masked, no matter their vaccination position. The only exceptions are places that require people to be fully vaccinated for entry.

Reaction to the mandate has been mixed, and those in attendance at Monday morning’s rally at Niagara Square made plans to march in protest against it.

On Monday morning, at the minimum 500 people marched to the steps of the Rath Building, saying they won’t comply with the mandate.

MORE Erie County Department of Health says it has received over 80 complaints about people not complying with disguise mandate

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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