New York City mayor Eric Adams said he will eventually drop the mask mandate to preschoolers or kids five years old and below once he examines the impact of the dropping of mask mandate on older school kids.
On Monday in a television interview, Adams revealed that preschool parents need not worry since he will eventually drop the mask mandate for their kids soon.
“We’re going to examine the data to make sure that there are no spikes, and then we’re going to come back and visit those children from 2 to 5. So we’re going to do this in a very safe way because I don’t want to close the city down and I don’t want to endanger our children,” Adams said on Fox 5.
Adams explained that another reason he retained the mask mandate for young kids is that because they cannot be vaccinated yet so the risk of COVID-19 infection is high if they will not wear masks.
“We are going to get there. We will lose the masks. We’re gonna see if there’s any spike in K-12, then we’ll come back for the babies,” Adams added.
Some preschool parents are not happy with the decision of Adams to retain the mask mandate for their kids.
Daniela Jampel of Queens argued it’s unfair to place the masking burden on the city’s youngest children.
“Here is my four year old, bravely carrying the entire weight of the pandemic on her tiny shoulders. I hope this picture makes people feel safer as they go about their maskless lives,” Jampel tweeted.
The Big Apple mayor earlier moved to drop the mask mandate for older students due to the declining number of COVID cases in his city.