Critics slam Eric Adams’ for saying masking still required for ‘all settings’ with children under 5: ‘Insane’

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Friday that masking will continue in “all settings with children under 5 years of age,” including in classrooms.   

Adams previously announced that masking would no longer be required for children in schools K-12 starting March 7. 

“Schools have remained among the safest places in the city throughout this pandemic, with record low numbers of infections,” he said on Twitter. 

The mayor also revealed a new COVID-19 “alert level” system, which concludes that New York is currently at low-risk for community spread.  

FILE - New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FILE – New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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“Masks will continue to be required for all settings with children under 5 years of age, including programs contracted by the New York City Department of Education with 3- and 4-year-old children as well as 3K and 4K classrooms in district schools,” he said on Twitter. Political commentators and personalities were quick to criticize the decision. 

FILE PHOTO: A child wears a face mask on the first day of New York City schools, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: A child wears a face mask on the first day of New York City schools, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo)

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Many on Twitter said the decision was “child abuse.” Fox News’ Janice Dean gave the announcement a thumbs down and noted that it was over for everyone else except for young children. 

Joel Petlin, a school superintendent who has been outspoken on the matter, pointed to World Health Organization (WHO) guidance that came out 18 months ago, which said that it was unnecessary to mask kids under the age of 5. He called on Adams to “unmask the preschoolers.”

Another said people should “escape from New York” while they still can.

Adams was sworn in as the Mayor of New York City in January after defeating Republican Curtis Sliwa. 

New York City Republican mayoral nominee Curtis Sliwa will personally urge CNN boss Jeff Zucker to fire embattled host Chris Cuomo on Thursday. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

New York City Republican mayoral nominee Curtis Sliwa will personally urge CNN boss Jeff Zucker to fire embattled host Chris Cuomo on Thursday. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently changed its mask recommendations after several Democrat-lead states decided to ease restrictions. 

Under the new CDC guidance, most Americans no longer have to wear a mask indoors as most communities are deemed to be low risk. 

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