New York City remains a world anomaly by enforcing mask mandates on toddlers.
And many New York City parents are fed-up with the Eric Adams’ administration for blowing them off over and over again.
More than 200 angry parents of toddlers have called on Adams and city officials to meet with them and address their concerns.
The parents signed on to a letter sent to city officials Thursday requesting a sit-down with Adams and Health Commissioner Ashwin Vassan by May 17.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 12, 2022
Last week, @NYCHealthCommr claimed in @TheAtlantic that he was open to a dialogue abt his covid policies. Parents have called & emailed for months to no response, but we take the Commissioner's words at face value. If he is open to a discussion, so are we. https://t.co/TsnG82W0iM
— Daniela Jampel (@daniela127) May 13, 2022
For over 2 months our toddlers have been masked with no evidence or timeline. Enough is enough – as parents and physicians we demand a meeting w/ @NYCMayor @NYCHealthCommr to give us answers. @daniela127 @magsnichols https://t.co/F9KS3AECw4
— Megan Martin MD, MPH (@Megmd514) May 12, 2022
This mayor is too busy with photo ops to even remember he promised to address the fact that toddlers are still in face diapers! He better come correct and stop pretending he’s following the science. SMDH! https://t.co/RBa7oqoPaa
— Concerned in NYC (@ConcernedinNYC2) May 13, 2022
The New York Post reported:
“We write this letter because our hundreds of phone calls and emails, and our direct requests for meetings, have gone unanswered,” reads the missive, obtained by The Post.
“We are now publicly requesting a meeting, by May 17, with both Mayor Eric Adams and Commissioner Ashwin Vasan to discuss NYC’s Toddler Mask Mandate.”
The families pressed Vassan to follow through on comments he made in a recent Atlantic article that he would be glad to have a “good faith discussion” about the toddler mask 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.”
Adams, in a Thursday night statement, said he’s eager to unmask the youngsters, but only when “the science says it is safe to do so.
“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,” the mayor added.
Toddlers were set to go mask-optional in childcare and school-based facilities at the start of last month, but the decision was rescinded when cases of COVID-19 began to tick up again in the city.