Outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said the plan of his successor newly elected Democrat NYC mayor Eric Adams to end the NYC’s school mask mandate once he assumes office on January 1, 2022, is just too soon.
In a virtual press conference, de Blasio said while he shares Adams’s dream of putting an end to the mask mandate in schools it is just too early to do it since the five boroughs head into cold-weather months and have yet to vaccinate enough students against COVID-19.
“I think we all aspire to it. Let me be clear: I wear these a lot and like every other New Yorker, I’m looking forward to the day where I don’t have to anymore. “And I’d love to free our kids, our educators, and staff from it, but right now, it’s too soon for that action,” de Blasio said.
“The day will come and I think it will come relatively soon, but we’re not there yet,” de Blasio added.
On Sunday, Adams explained that there is a need to lift the mask mandate since it is stopping students from making friends.
“If we can find a safe way to do it, I look forward to getting rid of the mask,” Adams said.
“Part of the socialization of a child is that smile,” Adams added.
Calling himself a “conservative” on public safety, Adams assured the public that once he remove the mask mandate among students it will not lead to the spread of COVID-19 and possibly closing down of the city again.
“But it must be done with the science so we don’t go back to closing our city down,” he said.