Assemblyman Doug Smith (R,C,I-Holbrook) blasted the recent mandate for kids as young as two years old to wear masks in public spaces when not eating or sleeping. The mandate comes as a response to the planned reopening of several daycare and overnight summer camp operations, but is also a direct contradiction to last year’s recommendations concerning kids in summer camps. With a rapid decline in positive COVID cases and an ever-increasing number of people having at least one vaccination dose, Smith sees little value in imposing this mandate.
“This mandate comes at an odd time in our fight against the pandemic, and as a result, feels silly,” Smith said. “Not one year ago, the state only recommended older kids wear a mask when at summer camp; today, they’re recommending enforced, consistent mask wearing for toddlers. With the progress we’ve made as both a state and a country, and understanding that kids are not the primary carriers of the virus, I think we can make some more sensible decisions rather than enforce yet another restriction.”
“As a parent with a two-year old myself, I feel the frustrations of parents to get their toddler to wear a mask,” Smith explained. “It’s confusing for the child and frustrating for the parents.”