‘We’re punishing kids’: Some LI parents frustrated with day care mask mandate

“I’m really against it and I feel like…it’s punishing the kids,” John Spiegel says.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2021, 5:46 PM

Updated 1,066 days ago

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Many parents on Long Island say they're concerned about the new mask mandate for children ages 2 and older who attend day care and day camps.
According to the new policy, children can remove their masks when they're eating, drinking, napping or during certain situations outside.
John Spiegel’s child goes to Kiddie Care Early Learning Center in Commack and says he has problems with the new state policy for children wearing masks.
"I'm extremely against it. I really don't want my kids wearing masks all day, inside or especially outside out in the heat," he said.
Spiegel says he will reconsider sending his child to day care if they must wear a mask.
Owners at the Kiddie Care Early Learning Center worry the new mandate might impact business.
"I've already had parents calling, they're very upset about this," said co-owner Kally Ciccone.
Ciccione says since her day care reopened last July during the pandemic, teachers have been masked and their 250 children have been mask-free.
In a statement, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said, "I will continue listening to industry professional and parents and advocating for our return to normal. Our children deserve a fun and carefree summer."
Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone, also in a statement, said in part, "We are asking the state to reconsider this guidance and consult with local providers regarding the best ways to ensure the health and safety of our communities."


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