As he promised earlier, New York City mayor Eric Adams on Friday said starting Monday, New Yorkers will no longer need to show proof of vaccination for indoor activities like dining and kids won’t have to wear face masks in school anymore.
Earlier, Adams said he is seriously thinking of dropping the indoor vaccine mandate and school mask rules due to the declining COVID-19 cases in the Big Apple.
“This is truly an Arnold Schwarzenegger moment. We’ll be back,” Adams said.
“This is a celebratory moment. Why aren’t we celebrating this?” Adams added.
With his decision announced on Friday, Adams said the city is winning on its fight against COVID.
While Adams is upbeat on the declining COVID cases that are not the case for Dr. David Chokshi, the outgoing city’s health commissioner.
Chokshi said people still need to be cautious and alert since the pandemic has not yet ended.
“While this COVID-19 wave is ebbing, we can’t say that the pandemic is ending,” Chokshi said.
Sources said Chokshi is leaving his post on March 15 and handing over the reins to incoming Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan.
According to reports, despite the order, masking requirements in school settings will remain in place for children under five — primarily in pre-kindergarten programs — because vaccinations aren’t yet available to kids in that age range and because they’re more likely to be hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 than older kids.
“I would rather people complain against me than losing my babies in the city,” he said.
“We’ve gotta follow the science. The science states that that age group cannot be vaccinated, and among children, they’re some of the highest hospitalizations rates, so we have to save our children,” he added.