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NYC plans to lift school masking mandate for children under 5

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Tuesday that the mask requirement for children under the age of five in schools and day-care facilities will be lifted on April 4 if current low levels of risk continue.

“If we continue to see low levels of risk, then, on Monday, April 4, we will make masks optional for 2-4 year old children in schools and daycare settings,” said Adams in a press conference, Xinhua news agency reported.

Masks, according to Adams, will continue to be available to children and school staff members who wish to continue wearing them.

On March 7, New York City repealed its school mask mandate for students aged five and up.

On Sunday, parents and students protested the mask mandate for younger students at City Hall Park, according to reports.

According to the most recent rules, children under the age of five are still ineligible for the Covid vaccine.

According to data released by the New York State government, the seven-day average percentage of positive Covid test results ending Sunday remains at a low level of 1.45 percent within New York City.

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While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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