Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I,LBT-Glen Head) is calling for New York’s Department of Health (DOH) to return to the previous guidance that did not require children younger than kindergarten-age to wear a mask by signing onto a letter with his colleagues in the Assembly Minority. With the governor’s new guidance, children as young as 2 years old will be required to wear a face mask starting Monday, May 24. Many have spoken out against this new rule, saying it is unrealistic to expect children this young to wear masks all day long. Previously, young children were not required to wear face coverings while in childcare or day camps.
“This back pedaling to require young children to wear masks is completely unrealistic and idiotic,” said Montesano. “With the numbers continuing to go down, capacity limits have been lifted and vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear masks in most settings. While I understand wanting to protect our children, it is not reasonable to expect a small child to keep a face mask on all day, especially when they see half of the adults in their lives not wearing masks. I am calling on the Department of Health to return the mandate back to its previous status which didn’t require kindergarten-aged children to wear face masks. If they were safe last year under this measure and if this vaccine makes is safe for adults to not wear their face masks, why is such a mandate being implemented?”