Businesses that cater to kids see changes amid measles outbreak

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The measles outbreak in Rockland County has affected how some public places that cater to kids do business.

Kidsnett Childcare Program in Spring Valley is located in the middle of Rockland County's measles outbreak. Owner Darnett Davis says the epidemic hasn't affected her business, which enrolls 70 students, but she wrote every parent informing them their children must immunized.

Davis says that a speech therapist never returned to work after parents there expressed the misconception that since she was Jewish, she was more likely to be exposed to the virus.

“It's not fair, but parents as a whole are very technical when it comes to their children,” says Davis.

New York state law stipulates that children must get the MMR shot before enrolling in nursery school and day care.

Laura Wolven, of the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, says they have seen a decrease in attendance in their children's programs and children's room. With two-thirds of all library visitors under the age of 18, it also had to implement a new sanitization system.

“We've experienced with kids in the past that people when they keep their kids home sick from school, they go to the library. So we're always concerned,” says Wolven.

In Nanuet, owners of a children's birthday party business say bookings have stayed steady. Still, they worry that could all change after a single sneeze or cough.

“We're obviously doing everything we can internally, making sure we've doubled and tripled our efforts to disinfect,” says the owner of a party business called Bounce.

Davis understands the anxiety.

“We don't need an outbreak here. And I'm sure if one child has it, our numbers will go down,” says Davis.

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