Mayor Finally Ends Remaining School Mask Mandates


Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday that children 4 years old and younger will soon be able to ditch their masks in schools and daycare facilities, ending the city’s last remaining mask requirement.

Children 4 years old and younger will soon be able to ditch their masks in public schools and daycare facilities, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday, following weeks of pressure to nix the controversial rule.

During a press conference, Adams said the face-covering mandate for the Big Apple’s youngest will be removed beginning April 4, if current COVID-19 trends persist.

“If the numbers continue to show a low level of risk, masks will be optional for 2- to 4-year-old students in schools and daycare,” he told reporters at City Hall. “We want to see our babies’ faces.”

“Now it’s time to peel back another layer.” 

The announcement comes after earlier in March Adams removed the indoor face-covering requirement for children in kindergarten through 12th grades, while maintaining it for early-education students and those in day care centers age 4 and under, because they are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

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