Toddler mask mandate draws ire of parents, day care owners

Many parents and day care owners are upset with the newly introduced mask mandate for toddlers.

News 12 Staff

May 21, 2021, 9:13 PM

Updated 1,058 days ago

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Many parents and day care owners are upset with the newly introduced mask mandate for toddlers.
The state updated its guidance for child care and summer camps to align with the CDC on Wednesday.
Children age 2 and older are now required to wear masks at day care when they aren’t eating, drinking or sleeping.
The change to the state policy sent day care owners scrambling to notify parents and figure out how to implement the new rule to avoid any problems.
Layla Rascona, owner of Rascona’s Daycare in Yonkers, is among the owners trying to wrap their heads around the new decision.
"They won't be able to talk to each other, sing, breathe with these masks on. They will not be able to manage these masks,” says Rascona.
Besides concern over the children’s ability to function with masks on, several toddler parents say it’ll be impossible for kids to keep them on.


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