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Parents group mulls lawsuit vs. NYC over mask mandate for school kids under 5

By 03/07/2022 10:51 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

A group of parents is set to file a civil case against the local government of New York City for its failure to drop the mask mandate to school kids under 5.

The group is set to file the case in Manhattan Supreme Court to overturn the mandate on Monday.

“These aren’t just dress-code policies that have no impact on someone’s life,” lawyer Michael Chessa said.

“For many of us, this is something we find harmful for our children. We want to have the choice whether to do it or not,” Chessa added.

The plaintiff about a dozen parents from throughout the five boroughs said the city needs to pass a law first before they can enforce the mandate.

“If the Department of Health sees fit to put these into place, then they have to bring them to the City Council and the City Council has to say, ‘OK, we’re going to pass these city laws,” Chessa, a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney said.

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.


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