With COVID infection rates at an all-time low in New York, members of the state Assembly gathered in Albany Wednesday to introduce a bill that would prohibit mandates requiring kids to wear masks.
If the legislation passes, it would ban public schools and other state agencies, from requiring children under 18 to wear masks if they are healthy or asymptomatic.
Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-151, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 himself, says it’s time to get back to some semblance of normal.
“Our children have been through enough the past 18 months, it’s time we fight to regain some normalcy for them,” said Miller. “While school, where the mask mandate is most confusing right now, is soon ending, this legislation will also help those attending summer school, summer camp and other similar programs. Positivity rates are going down significantly and we are nearly at the 70 percent mark for vaccines in New York. It’s time to start returning to normal and end this abuse of our children.”
The lawmakers supporting the bill say there is little evidence COVID-19 spreads significantly within schools.