On Sunday, more than 100 parents gathered with their kids, at City Hall Park, in protest of Mayor Eric Adams’ mask mandate for children ages 4 and younger.
Demanding to ‘Unmask Our Toddlers’, the protesters pushed back against the city for the existing mask mandate that requires children below four to don masks despite the fall in COVID-19 cases, as well as more relaxed regulations.
Earlier this month Governor Kathy Hochul took back mask mandates for everyone, and New York City also ended up lifting its school mask mandate a week later. This being said, the rescinded mandate ended up excluding its youngest, vaccine-ineligible population, even though the mortality rate for the group is the lowest of any age.
According to statistics collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics, only between 0.1 percent and 1.5 percent of children who are infected with COVID-19 have to be hospitalized — and 0.01 percent or less die from contracting the global pandemic.
Speaking to the NY Post, rally-goer Daniela Jampel, a 38-year-old mother of three, from Washington Heights said, “[The mandate] is not following the science. This is making a mockery of science. This is playing us for fools. New York state recognizes science. Everywhere else in New York state — 10 miles away in Nassau County, 10 miles away in Westchester County — toddlers are allowed to take off their masks along with their older brothers and sisters. But our mayor and our new health commissioner tell us it’s not safe for toddlers to take off their masks.”
Boards seen at the protest included the statements, “My kid, my choice,” and “Follow the science”.