NYC may lift rules requiring face masks for children under 5

NYC may lift rules requiring face masks for children under 5

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Eric Adams is preparing to lift requirements that children under age 5 wear face masks in school. Adams on Tuesday said that he will make masks optional for those in daycare and prekindergarten starting April 4 if case rates and the risk of the virus spreading remain low. The Democratic mayor two weeks ago lifted several pandemic-related rules, including requirements in place since the start of the pandemic that students 5 and older to wear masks in school. The mayor kept the rule in place for younger children who are not eligible to be vaccinated.

Photo: New York City mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference in which he announced the scaling back of COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates within the city, in New York, Friday, March 4, 2022. (New York City Mayor’s Office via AP)