New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced an optional mask mandate for schools and daycare centers caring for children between the ages of two and four on June 9.
Citing data regarding the most recent wave of COVID-19 throughout the city, Mayor Adams stated the mask optional mandate would be in effect because New Yorkers have been diligent in protecting themselves and their families from the virus.
The change takes effect Monday, June 13.
“I have always said that the science will guide us out of the pandemic, and because we have followed the data, which shows that cases are steadily falling, we‘ve beaten back the latest COVID-19 surge,” said Mayor Adams in a press release on Thursday. “New Yorkers stepped up when we needed them most and have put us on the path to lower risk.”