Thursday, January 20

Governor orders the use of masks in state-regulated nurseries and kindergartens

All children over the age of 2 must wear masks in state-regulated child care centers.

Photo: Edwin Martínez / Impremedia

Just three days before the start of the face-to-face classes at the New York City Public Schools, Governor Kathy Hochul ordered this Wednesday that all state-regulated day care centers and kindergartens be wear masks to keep children healthy children who cannot yet be vaccinated, after national figures are showing an increase in COVID-19 infections among those under 12 years of age.

The new mandate that takes effect immediately It will be mandatory for children two years of age and older, workers at those child care centers and visitors, regardless of their immunization status.

With the Delta variant on the rise, requiring masks at state-regulated child care, mental health and substance abuse facilities, is a key part of our broader strategy to curb the spread of the virus, safely reopen our economy, and protect our most vulnerable members. of our population, “said the Governor at a conference in Albany in which he made an update on the COVID-19 situation in New York.

“For the children under 12 years old who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, masks are the best line of defense against the spread of COVID-19. This new mask requirement ensures that children in our child care facilities receive the same protection as children in our schools, ”Hochul added.

But the mandate goes beyond day care and kindergarten and will also apply to family child care programs and family groups that operate in homes, after-school child care programs, and legally-exempt enrolled group programs during operating hours. .

“The implementation of the mask regulation in child care programs will provide consistency between children in the child care program and schoolchildren, many of whom often share the same buildings,” explained the Government in a statement.

The order will also apply to congregational programs and facilities licensed, registered, operated, certified, or approved by the Mental Health Office, including, but not limited to, certified residential and day programs, inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, substance abuse programs, juvenile detention programs, juvenile residential facilities, group foster care programs, runaway and homeless youth home, domestic violence and other shelter programs.

The Governor assured that the new mask requirement “makes the New York State Comply with federal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued in July recommending the use of a universal mask indoors for anyone two years and older who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and is medically able to wear a mask”.

Because the Delta variant is so highly transmissible, there have been large increases in cases across all age groups, and since children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, there has been a large increase in cases among these minors, which translates into a greater number of serious cases. “The additional safeguards will help keep New York’s children safe at this important time,” exclaimed Hochul.

Vac figuresunion in NY:

  • 82% of those over 18 have at least one vaccine.
  • 73% of those over 18 years of age already ‘full’ vaccinated.
  • 63% of minors between 12 and 17 years with a vaccine.
  • 52% of minors between 12 and 17 years old are already ‘full’ vaccinated.

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