Forcing children to wear masks in schools, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio announced in a Monday press conference that the mask mandate will be upheld across all schools across New York, despite the CDC’s latest guidance that vaccinated kids and teachers can go mask-free.
CDC officials on Friday called on school districts to set policies that enable “full reopening” of in-person facilities this fall, but De Blasio had his own enforcements in mind. The latest guidelines advise schools to implement “layers of protection” such as testing and contact tracing in lieu of masks or three feet of distance between students, who can get vaccinated starting at age 12.
During the Monday press briefing, De Blasio said, “For now we’re sticking with the idea that wearing the masks is a smart thing to do in schools. We’ll keep assessing as we go along, but for now, it still makes sense. We’ve been constantly working with the CDC but we also in this case have been very careful given everything the city’s been through.”
He added that “Everyone’s coming back in September. A lot of safety precautions being taken. For now, assume we’re wearing masks but that could change as it gets closer. It will be driven by the data we see and the science as always.”