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New mask rule at daycares, summer camps confuse parents

Jerry Gretzinger
Updated: May 20, 2021 09:06 PM
Created: May 20, 2021 08:07 PM

While many New Yorkers cheered the opportunity to lose their masks this week, some were scratching their heads and crying foul. Among them, parents of children going to daycares and summer camps.

The new law of the land is that kids going to these places have to be masked up starting at 2 years old.

Parents want to know why now. Gov. Cuomo said Thursday that it's because New York tends to follow federal guidelines.

However, those federal guidelines he's referring to aren't new. They've been in place for months. What's new is that New York has suddenly decided to "mandate" that recommendation for little faces.

Republican Senator Daphne Jordan says she is hearing from plenty of constituents from the 43rd District, parents who all want to know why kids have to suddenly wear masks now.

Rachel Mandel is the Director of Health Education Services for Brightside Up, a child care resource and referral agency. She says the change is still pretty fresh and most reviews are still out, but claims feedback hasn't been all negative from the providers they work with.

She also says the kids are allowed to remove masks for outside activities, where breathing might be difficult otherwise.   

While she hasn't been given a direct explanation as to why the sudden change from the governor, she suspects a reason behind it.

Learn what it is by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.

NewsChannel 13 has asked the governor's office about the sudden change. We'll let you know if we hear back.


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