Rule 2.13 was first “adopted” by the New York State Health Department on March 9, 2020. It gave the NY State Health Commissioner complete and total power to remove, isolate and quarantine a person if the State “had evidence” or “suspected” a person of having a communicable disease (no evidence of illness or contagion needed). Whether or not there was a “declared emergency.”
This regulation kept renewing every 90 days and was due to expire on July 20, 2022. NY Governor Kathy Hochul sought to make it permanent. She was immediately challenged in a lawsuit by NY State Senator George Borello and two other Assemblymen.
People in Australia have been force-quarantined for weeks (without even testing positive for covid). That means taken away by police and forced to stay in a “camp” (or pay a $5,000 fine).
Just last month in China, “health officials” tried to lock customers in an Ikea store, because a 6 year old, covid-positive (and asymptomatic) boy had recently visited. There was a stampede to the doors and the “flash lockdown” was unsuccessful. But thanks to contact tracing, everybody at the store was forced to quarantine at home for two days, and 80,000 were ordered to undergo PCR-testing.
A few more highlights from Rule 2.13:
- Quarantine locations include homes, hospitals, temporary housing supplied by the state, hotels and other residences owned by private individuals.
- “If the location of the isolation or quarantine orders is owned by a landlord, hotel, motel or other person or entity,” those owners lose the right to go onto their property unless they have permission from the State.
- The duration of the quarantine is determined by the State, with no time limit.
- A person under a quarantine order could “seek judicial review” after-the-fact, but in the meantime, was “subject to all civil and criminal penalties” if they resisted the order or failed to comply. In other words, the detainee would be denied due process of law (a Constitutional right enjoyed by all Americans including criminals).
- State and local health authorities were expected to coordinate with local law enforcement to ensure the public’s compliance with the orders.
A lawyer named Bobbie Ann Cox successfully overturned this regulation in a Judgement made on July 8, 2022.
Governor Hochul and NY Attorney General Tisch James are appealing the decision of Judge Ronald Ploetz of Cattaraugus County. They would like Rule 2.13 reinstated.
Judge Ploetz wrote in his decision, “The Commissioner (of the New York State Department of Health) has unfettered discretion to issue a quarantine or isolation for anyone, even if there is no evidence that person is infected or a carrier of the disease. Further, the Commissioner sets the terms, duration, and location of the detention, not an independent magistrate as required by PHL 2120.” (PHL 2120 is an existing law that allows for a process of isolation and quarantine, and does not circumvent Constitutional due process.)
Michael Kane of Teachers for Choice and other Medical Freedom advocates held a Rally and “Educational Protest” last month in Harlem to inform New Yorkers of this unlawful regulation, and that their Governor would like to reinstate it.
Nobody they spoke on the street knew about it, and almost everyone was shocked and even scared once they did know.
Follow the teachersforchoice.org blog to keep up to date on lawsuits challenging NYC’s illegal (and illogical and unscientific) vaccine mandates, and their efforts to educate the public about the ongoing threats to our freedoms.