New York City is taking another step to bounce back from the pandemic, with the city set to drop several safety protocols, including a school mask mandate and vaccination requirements for businesses.
Mayor Eric Adams made the announcement in Times Square Friday, saying that while the pandemic isn’t over, he is confident that it is now safe to send children and teachers to school unmasked.
“Kudos to Mayor Adams. His decision follows the science,” said former FDA Associate Commissioner Peter Pitts.
“Now it’s time for us to follow his lead and support a return to the next normal. If some New Yorkers are nervous about taking their masks off — they should continue to do what makes them feel safe — but with respect for the decisions of others who feel differently and are supported by the science,” Pitts the president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest said.