Parents slam New York City Mayor Eric Adams for his ‘absurd’ mask mandate for toddlers

Parents slam New York City Mayor Eric Adams for his ‘absurd’ mask mandate for toddlers


Eric Adams is standing by his controversial mask mandate on kids under five, as the summer fast approaches and the school year looms.

Speaking to reporters this week, the New York City mayor gave no timetable as to when the city will nix the controversial guidance, which affects students aged two to four in city public schools.

Adams agreed to lift the mask rule on April 4, when he did away with mandates for the rest of students, but canceled after cases began to increase again across the city.

Since then, the city has seen infection rates and cases plummet – and parents are slamming the former NYPD police captain for refusing to nix the guidance.

Parents slam New York City Mayor Eric Adams for his ‘absurd’ mask mandate for toddlers

Mayor Eric Adams has revealed that he is standing by his controversial mask mandate on kids under five, as the summer fast approaches and the school year looms

Parents are demanding Adams and his health commission nix the stay on mask mandates for children under five

Parents are demanding Adams and his health commission nix the stay on mask mandates for children under five

‘I want to remove masks and see our babies’ faces as quickly as possible,’ Adams, 61, said when pressed on the matter by The New York Post Wednesday,

‘We are prepared, not panicked, as we move into the next phase of the pandemic,’ the mayor told the paper.   

‘My team of health experts and I continue to evaluate the data, day after day, and we will continue to communicate with New Yorkers with additional updates.’

The age group is not eligible to receive a COVID vaccine and the World Health Organization has never recommended masking young children. 

Adams has said the kids – whom are for the most part in preschool – are being forced to continue with the coverings because they are too young to be vaccinated.

Adams, meanwhile, has been pictured out and about without a mask, rubbing shoulders with public figures and celebrities, while the children are forced to persist with the Draconian rule – much to the frustration of parents.

Bronx mom Danielle Pollack, whose three-year-old daughter two-year-old son fall into the affected age group, told The Post that she is disappointed in the mayor’s inaction, despite supporting him in last year’s election.  

‘As a New York resident, I voted for Adams because his whole platform was that he would get things back to normal,’ she said. ‘It’s just been really frustrating, because it seems like Mayor Adams is doing nothing about it, [and] won’t even give a timeline.’

Meanwhile, the last day of classes, June 27, is rapidly approaching – putting further pressure on the former police captain to come to a decision.

Adams, seen here with anti-gun activist Andre T. Mitchell Thursday, has been pictured out and about without a mask, rubbing shoulders with public figures and celebrities, while the pre-school aged tikes are forced to persist with the guidance

Adams, seen here with anti-gun activist Andre T. Mitchell Thursday, has been pictured out and about without a mask, rubbing shoulders with public figures and celebrities, while the pre-school aged tikes are forced to persist with the guidance

Adams, who was sworn into office in January, has vowed to restore the city to its prepandemic state. However, as cases continued to fall, the mayor has failed to address the tot mandate

Adams, who was sworn into office in January, has vowed to restore the city to its prepandemic state. However, as cases continued to fall, the mayor has failed to address the tot mandate

The city has seen infection rates and cases plummet after seeing a spike at the beginning of the year. Parents are slamming Adams for his inaction

The city has seen infection rates and cases plummet after seeing a spike at the beginning of the year. Parents are slamming Adams for his inaction

‘It feels like there’s no movement at all from Mayor Adams or [Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin] Vasan,’ Pollack told the paper. ‘There’s been no update about what there will be in the summer, and as a parent it’s very frustrating, and it makes me question whether New York City is the right place to raise my family.’

‘My daughter’s been in a mask the entire time she’s been in school,’ she went on to reveal. ‘My son is going to be starting in the same school in the fall, and I never would’ve thought it would be a question of if he has to wear a mask.’

In a statement last month, Adams said he would be willing to lift the mandate only when ‘the science says it is safe to do so’ – despite studies showing kids under five are not at a serious risk to COVID, and the recent decrease in cases seen across the country.

‘My team of health experts and I will continue to evaluate the data, day after day, and we will continue to communicate with New Yorkers with additional updates,’ he said at the time – not commenting on the policy since.

Parents like Pollack are now asking to be briefed what exactly the city is doing in regards to that decision, as the school year comes to a close.

Adams was poised to lift the last restriction on toddlers on April 4, but chose to extend the order and sought an appeal against a judge to ruled the mandate 'unenforceable.' Adams (right, at the Met Gala on May 2) continues to party instead of meeting with parents

Adams was poised to lift the last restriction on toddlers on April 4, but chose to extend the order and sought an appeal against a judge to ruled the mandate ‘unenforceable.’ Adams (right, at the Met Gala on May 2) continues to party instead of meeting with parents 

Tara Murphy, a mother and former preschool teacher in the West Village, says parents want a clear response from the city – instead of continuing to be ignored. 

‘The time is now – every little day counts,’ Murphy told the last month, noting her four-year-old daughter ‘will have no memory of preschool without a mask.’

‘It has become clear that we are masking our children like they are dogs wearing muzzles,’ she added. ‘The only thing they seem to prevent is kids from biting one another.’ 

Part of the frustration stems from the fact that the toddlers are the only group facing the mask mandates in schools, as those 5 and up were free to remove their masks since April. 

Last month, toddlers were allowed to remove their mask outdoors, including in public parks and field trips, but the masking in school restriction remains intact. 

Adams was poised to lift the rule on April 4, but the mayor instead extended the order as COVID-19 cases saw a slight uptick in the city during its winter months, which tapered down almost immediately after he

A state judge immediately struck down the indefinite mask rule, calling it ‘arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable’ and therefore ‘void and unenforceable.’ 

Adams, however, successfully requested a stay on the mandate to pursue an appeal on the judge’s ruling.

More than 200 parents infuriated parents have since sought answers from Adams, signing a letter in May demanding the mayor and his health commissioner, Ashwin Vasan, hold a sit-down with them to discuss the mandate.   

Adams, however, has avoided any such meetings and has deflected questions from the press regarding the ongoing guidance – despite attending a plethora of social events maskless himself, including a party with Cara Delevingne at the new One Vanderbilt skyscraper, and a trip to see Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick appear in Broadway play Plaza Suite.

In the letter, parents demanded answers as to the mayor’s plans on the mandate. 

‘We want to review the city’s analysis of how the benefits of covering the faces of babies who are still in diapers outweighs the harms,’ read the letter. ‘We want to know why our young children continue to be masked even as every other resident of this city is given the option to unmask, regardless of vaccination status.’

And while Adams’ partying and inaction only fueled parents ire, City Health Commissioner Vasan has also drawn backlash for backing the mayor’s restriction policies and claiming in April that the toddler mask mandate will stay ‘indefinitely.’ 

The comment caused more than 100 parents to protest outside City Hall while dozens of others held demonstrations outside Vasan’s home where they allegedly hurled death threats at the health commissioner.



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