Hochul orders statewide mask warrant in all New York City schools
The state has ordered all students, staff and visitors inside school buildings to wear masks, a mandate that will apply not only to public school districts, but also to private, charter and private schools. nuns of New York.
Children under two will not be required to wear masks, nor will students and staff with documented medical exemptions.
The policy was tabled in an emergency settlement on Friday night, according to CBS News, State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, citing fears that the highly contagious COVID delta variant will spread as students return at school.
New York City had already implemented a mask warrant for the city’s schools by the first day of September 13. Mayor Bill de Blasio also ordered all Education Department staff to get vaccinated by September 27.
Governor Kathy Hochul said in her inaugural address Tuesday that instituting a statewide mask mandate was one of her top priorities. Hochul also said she is working on a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all school staff in New York City, where teachers and other staff will need to be vaccinated or accept weekly tests.
“As governor, my priorities are now the priorities of New Yorkers – and right now that means fighting the Delta variant,” Hochul said in a statement Tuesday, his first day in office. “My number one priority is to get children back from school and protect the environment so that they can learn safely. I immediately call on the Department of Health to institute universal masking for anyone entering our schools , and we are launching a back-to-school COVID-19 testing program to make testing for students and staff widely available and convenient. ”
Students can remove their masks “when eating, drinking, singing or playing a wind instrument,” but they must be six feet apart, “Spectrum News reported.
Many non-public schools in the city also had mask requirements in place. The Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York have already announced that their Catholic schools will require masks. Success Academy also had mask requirements in its charter schools.