New York City Mayor Eric Adams is seriously considering dropping the Big Apple school mask rule for kids younger than five next month if the city’s COVID-19 cases remain low.
On Tuesday Adams said come April 4 the school mask rule for kids younger than five years old will be dropped if there is no surge in COVID cases.
“If the numbers continue to show a low level of risk, masks will be optional for 2 to 4-year-old students in schools and in daycares. We’re going to start this on April 4,” Adams said.
“We want to see our babies’ faces again,” Adams added.
If makes true his promise there would be no educational settings in the city where masks are still required.
The pronouncement of Adams is a sign of relief for a group of young parents who have for weeks called for the unmasking of toddlers in school, pointing to studies showing that the youngsters suffer mentally and socially from the face-covering mandate.
While parents are happy with the statement of Adams, the newest health czar of NYC is not too happy about it since it is too risky.
“I would love nothing more than to send my son to daycare without a mask,” Vasan said.
“But as a scientist … I want to keep him safe because he’s not eligible for a vaccine,” Vasan added.