Seems we're seeing an bout face in New York. From NBC yesterday:
NY to Eliminate Indoor Mask Rule for Schools, Camps Monday Regardless of Vaccination Status
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has sent a letter to the CDC asking if the agency has any objections to the changed approach, which would take effect Monday irrespective of vaccination status
New York plans to eliminate its indoor mask requirement for students and adults in schools and camps statewide starting Monday barring any objection from the CDC, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
At that point, mask use will be strongly encouraged indoors but not required for students, campers and staff, teachers and counselors of any age, whether they are fully vaccinated or not. Outdoor masking is already only encouraged at this point for non-vaccinated campers and counselors in certain higher-risk circumstances, according to updated guidance for summer camps released by the state in May.
I'm glad schools will be included. Here in Connecticut, we've seen confused kids more anxious than ever. We dropped the indoor mask requirement in many sectors, but not in schools. How confusing for children to hear that people without masks and worse, without Covid vaccination are a danger to them. Confusing and cruel. Just last week, we had a boy refuse to get out of the car at Karate because he was afraid that some kids would not be in masks, after the change in requirements here. He skipped class. Who could blame the children for not know what the heck to feel or think?