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The masks are off and NYC takes a huge step towards normalcy.

LisaB

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Children 5 years and older can return to school without masks from Monday, March 7.CDC / Unsplash

The Mayor of New York City Friday last firmly announced the end of mask mandates in school. Yes, children ages five years and older are no longer required to wear masks in the classroom from March 7. The Mayor gave a warming speech stating, "we want to see their smile." And I am sure many were smiling on their way to school Monday morning.

Over the last two years, the entire world experienced the devasting effects of COVID-19. Two years later, states like Delaware, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Massachusetts have relaxed their school masks mandates statewide. Calfornia, Washington, and Oregon have announced their intention to relax statewide mask mandates from March 12.

Masks are no longer required but are still optional in schools.

Mike Mulgrew, chief of the United Federation of Teachers, called the to end mask mandates in schools "responsible." The chancellor of the New York City schools, David Banks, stressed that the decision on mask-wearing is on parents. Deena Bishop, Anchorage Alaska school superintendent, encourages staff to honor the choice made at home. Even the Teachers Union supports the move to end the mask mandates.

Children under five years old are still required to wear masks in school. The reason is due to their ineligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

What about the rest of New York City?

It seems like some amount of normalcy is returning to many states. The announcement to end mask mandates for schools came subsequently to the end of restrictions. Currently, proof of vaccination for gyms, restaurants, movie theaters and museums, and indoor venues are no longer needed. However, masks are still required on public transportation and in Broadways shows and theaters.

While customers are not required to show proof of vaccination, Mayor Adams plans to maintain a rule. The rule requiring employers to ensure their employees are vaccinated will be kept in place.

A step towards normalcy.

It finally feels like things might return to normal. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts doing away with their mask mandates is a step towards normalcy.

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I am a Healthcare major with a minor in biology. For the last 2 years, I have been blogging on Medium and Vocal Media sharing health tips. Besides my volunteer work, blogging is another way to get information our to the public, especially health.

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