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NYC to Drop Masks for Kids Under 5 If Cases Stay Low, Mayor Says

Children greet each other as they arrive at school in New York, on March 7.

Children greet each other as they arrive at school in New York, on March 7.

Photographer: Wang Ying/Xinhua/Getty Images

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the city will remove the mask mandate for kids under 5 years old if Covid cases in schools remain low. 

“If we don’t have a spike, we’re going to lift for your babies as well,” Adams said during a press briefing held on Friday to announce an expanded summer learning program. “I want them taking their masks off.”