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Republican mayoral hopeful Curtis Sliwa held a mask-burning event in Manhattan Thursday to celebrate newly loosened face-mask restrictions in the Empire State.
“It feels great,” said Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder, as he worked to torch a few disposable masks on a rod outside Empire Steakhouse in Midtown.
“It’s great liberation. It’s mask equinox.”
Sliwa had promised an inferno where attendees could torch their face coverings while members of ’70s disco group The Trammps sang their hit “Disco Inferno” — though the blue medical masks, made partially from plastic, appeared more to sizzle and melt onto the makeshift spit-roast once they were finally set alight.
“Hopefully one day we can burn all these masks and just becomes a part of our history,” said Sliwa, who had advertised the event as “mask liberation.”
A simultaneous mask-burning event held at Southampton’s Blu Mar restaurant featured a more traditional fire pit.
The events came a day after New York adopted federal guidelines saying people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t need to wear face masks in most circumstances.
But the coverings are still required in public transit, healthcare facilities, schools and in private venues and businesses with mask mandates.
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