On Monday, New York’s health and child welfare agencies announced Kids aged 2 to 5 in New York are no longer required to wear masks in child care. This announcement was a reversal of the mandate that came into effect last week. Furthermore, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City public schools will fully reopen for in-person learning in September, with no remote option for students.
On a steady road to recovery, and with an incentivized vaccine program underway, New York is set to re-open schools in September, with de Blasio reiterating, “We can’t live in the grip of COVID the rest of our lives. “It’s time for everyone to come back.”
Meanwhile, state agencies stated that they “have jointly agreed to revise guidance allowing child care providers to continue the practices and protocols that have been in place since the start of the pandemic by encouraging, not requiring, children aged 2-5 to wear masks, effective immediately.’’ The move came five days after New York’s Office of Children and Family Services said daycare and camp facilities in the state “must ensure” that the little kids “wear face coverings except when eating, drinking, showering, swimming, or sleeping/resting.”
But as far as public school re-openings are concerned, de Blasio said that students and teachers would still be required to wear masks.