New York City ends school mask rule for children ages 2-4 | New York News

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will end its school mask mandate for children ages 2 to 4 on Monday, citing the diminishing threat of COVID-19 infections.

Mayor Eric Adams said masks would become optional in schools and daycares, but nonetheless suggested New Yorkers of all ages continue to wear masks indoors.

“Throughout the current wave, schools have remained the safest places for our children and from Monday June 13 we will make masks optional for children aged 2-4 in all early years settings. “, the mayor said in a statement.

New York City recorded 241 COVID-19-related deaths in May, down from 135 the previous month – but still well below the more than 1,040 who died in February and nearly 3,280 who died in January and during the peak of the omicron variant. vague.

The mandate was supposed to have been lifted about two months ago, but concerns over new variants have kept the order in place.

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“I’ve always said science would guide us out of the pandemic, and because we’ve been following the data, which shows cases are steadily declining, we’ve pushed back the latest surge of COVID-19,” Adams said.

Infection rates have remained stable in recent weeks, with average weekly infections hovering around 3,500 new cases. The hospitalization rate remained low and continued to decline, according to state health data.

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