Ashby Calling for Reversal of New Mask Policy on Young Children

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I-Castleton) is calling for the state Department of Health (DOH) to eliminate the new mask policy on young children in daycares and summer camps and revert to the previous policy, which was less restrictive. The state previously did not require children younger than kindergarten-age to wear a mask in daycare and summer camp settings.

“Young children and staff safely navigated the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic without the onerous mandate of forcing children as young as 2 years old to wear a facemask for the entirety of the day,” said Ashby, who sits on the Committee on Health. “Creating this new mask requirement has no basis in fact or science and will only further the damage done to our youth over the past year as a result of COVID-19 protocols. Our state is recovering from this pandemic, and our policies should reflect that.”

The current DOH guidelines for daycares and summer camp facilities may be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html.