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State health officials reverse mask mandate for kids 2-5

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WNYT Staff
Updated: May 25, 2021 05:32 AM
Created: May 25, 2021 05:22 AM

After pushback from many parents and lawmakers, New York state is no longer requiring children between the ages of two and five to wear a mask when attending child care programs. 

The statement from the Department of Health and the Office of Children and Family Services comes just days after the governor issued the mask mandate. 

The agencies said they understand how challenging it is to require young kids to wear masks. 

They are still recommending it, but it is no longer mandated. 

To read the full statement from DOH and OCFS, click here


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