Mayor Eric Adams asked parents of young children to trust him as the city continues to mandate that kids under the age of 5 remain masked in public schools. The mayor’s comments came the same day that New York City dropped masking rules for K-12 public school students and removed all “Key to NYC” rules for indoor businesses.

 

The changes mean that all children over the age of 5 can go without masks in virtually all indoor settings. However, younger children are required to remain masked.

 

Adams has faced sharp criticism from parents over the decision, including a lawsuit that will challenge the constitutionality of the Department of Health’s mandate in the state Supreme Court.

 

An interim ruling from the court could come within the next five days, with a final ruling in month or so, according to Michael Chessa, the attorney filing the lawsuit.

 

“I don’t understand why my six month old can go to his classes unmasked, yet my four year old go to the same establishment, take the same classes, and have to be masked. It is insane,” said Liz Wierzeicki, a parent who joined a protest outside City Hall against mask mandates Monday morning.

 

The mayor, however, has stressed that he was following advice from doctors and other experts.

 

 

 

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