Mayor Announced End to School Mask Mandate

Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

Mayor Eric Adams announced the end of school mask mandates and vaccine passports across New York City.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Friday morning the end of school mask mandates and vaccine passports across New York City.

“The rates are now low enough that the mandatory program is no longer needed,” Adams said. “It’s time to open our city.”

“We want to see the faces of our children, we want to see their smiles,” Adams said. “We want to see how happy they are. We want to see when they are feeling sad so that we can be there to comfort them.”

Children in K-12 school settings will also no longer have to don face coverings indoors. Although face masks will still be required for students younger than the vaccine-eligible age of 5,

The city is also keeping in place a requirement that public and private employees be vaccinated unless they receive a religious or medical accommodation.

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