ALBANY – There is a new push to end child mask mandates in New York.
Sponsored by State Assemblyman Chris Tague, and supported by Assemblyman Andy Goodell who represents Chautauqua County, the legislation would prevent state agencies from mandating mask requirements for children.
The bill would end mask requirements for children in schools, summer camps and similar settings, while not allowing state agencies to implement such mandates in the future for healthy, non-symptomatic children under the age of 18.
Assemblyman Goodell says kids don’t need to grow up in a hospital environment, but rather just be kids.
“We need to let our kids live their childhood safely and they can do it without masks,” said Goodell. “Give the power back to their parents, like our kids live their life.”
Vaccination rates in New York have remained higher than the national average among adults, and supporters of the bill say evidence suggests that COVID-19 doesn’t spread significantly within schools between children.