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The New Normal: NY reverses mandate that required kids in child care to wear masks

New York state has reversed course, now saying face masks aren't required for children ages 2-5 in child care.

News 12 Staff

May 26, 2021, 1:12 AM

Updated 1,152 days ago

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New York state has reversed course, now saying face masks aren't required for children ages 2-5 in child care.
One Long Island school district announced that kids no longer needed to wear masks at their desks or at physical education class but hours later reversed its decision, citing pressure from the governor's office. In New Jersey, one district is keeping the masks on for kids causing parents to protest.
Dr. Henry Bernstein, a pediatrician at Cohen Children's Medical Center and a member of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, weighs in on the mask debate.
Bernstein says while the transmission rate is going down, it is still possible for kids to get COVID-19 and transmit it to others.
When it comes to getting kids vaccinated, Bernstein says it is important to get the age group of kids 12 and over vaccinated.
"We need kids and young adults to get vaccinated," says Bernstein.
The EU has agreed to allow vaccinated travelers from countries with low infection rates. An approved list of safe destinations is due to be released soon.
Dr. Steven Valassis, the chair of Emergency Medicine at Hartford Healthcare St. Vincent's Medical Center, says the easiest way for travelers to stay safe is to get vaccinated.
Dr. Valassis says people should also still wear masks when in crowded places. He says people shouldn't feel ashamed for wearing a mask.
Some tri-state areas are getting ready to ditch the indoor mask mandate. New Jersey ends the mandate Friday.


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