New York City’s mask mandate for children ages 2-4 will remain in place. The city was granted a stay from an appeals court on Friday (April 1) evening.
Masks will now be back, starting on Monday (April 4).
The ruling clears the way for the city’s toddlers to return to school and other childcare settings Monday with masks on, after New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he would delay ending the mask mandate.
In New York City
The Mayor and Health Commissioner here are planning as the Party to reinstate indoor mask mandates? 😊 SO I GUESS THIS WONT COUNT?
Earlier on Friday, Judge Ralph Porzio ruled that he found the mask mandate to be arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable after a group of parents accused the city of enacting unconstitutional mandates and sought to prevent the city from issuing new mandates without authorization from the state legislature.
“We are obviously disappointed. There was no reason the city needed to rush to the appellate division on a Friday afternoon just so a three year old could return to school in a mask,” said Michael Cessa, an attorney for a group of parents who sued the city over the toddler mask mandate.