New York State Will Not Require Unvaccinated Campers and Camp Staff to Wear Masks
New York state’s Department of Health would like to encourage, but not require unvaccinated students, campers, staff, teachers, and counselors to wear masks indoors, Howard A. Zucker, the state’s health commissioner, wrote in a letter today to Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Currently, the CDC requires unvaccinated students, teachers, and staff in schools to continue to wear masks both indoors and out, however, Dr. Zucker has requested that the CDC downgrades its requirement to “encouragement” of unvaccinated children and staff in summer camps to wear masks.
“Schools and camps may choose to implement stricter standards,” wrote Dr. Zucker, who would like to make the new guidance effective on June 7.
“If there is any data or science that you are aware of that contradicts moving forward with this approach, please let me know as soon as possible,” Dr. Zucker told Dr. Walensky.