NYC schools drop outdoor mask mandate; internal mandate stays


New York public school students will be allowed to remove their masks outdoors starting next week, but must keep them indoors for now

NEW YORK – New York City public school students will be allowed to remove their masks outdoors starting next week, but must keep them indoors for now, Schools Chancellor David Banks said Friday. .

“I am thrilled that we are able to make this exciting announcement and allow students and staff to safely remove their masks when outdoors at New York Public Schools,” Banks said in A press release.

The move comes as COVID-19 infections in New York continue to decline after the emergence of the omicron variant fueled a December-January spike.

Mayor Eric Adams welcomed the revised mask rules in several TV and radio appearances on Friday, but gave no target date for lifting the indoor mask mandate in schools. “Eventually we’re going to be moving to the place to relax a lot of those mandates so we can get back to a level of normality that we’re looking for,” Adams said on WPIX.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said earlier this month she would revisit the issue of school mask rules in the first week of March.

Students in New York and much of the rest of the state will return to class on Monday after a week-long hiatus.

ABC News

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