New York City plans to lift school masking mandate for children under 5

New York, March 23 (IANS) New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday said the mask mandate for children under five years of age in schools and day-care facilities would be removed on April 4 if current low levels of risk sustain.
“If we continue to see low levels of risk, then, on Monday, April 4, we will make masks optional for 2-4 year old children in schools and daycare settings,” said Adams in a press conference, Xinhua news agency reported.
Adams added that masks would continue to be available to children and school staff members who wish to continue to wear them.
New York City dropped its school mask mandate on March 7 for students aged five and over.
It was reported that parents and students staged a protest against the mask mandate for younger students on Sunday at the City Hall Park.
Children under the age of five are still not qualified to get Covid vaccine, according to the latest rules.
The seven-day average percentage of positive Covid test results ending Sunday stays at a low level of 1.45 per cent within New York City, according to data issued by the New York State government.

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