Around 100 parents and children gathered in front of the town hall on Monday to protest against the continued obligation to wear masks Mandates for the little ones in town.
The rally-goers said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the ongoing face-covering requirement for children under the age of 4.
“There is nothing I would not do to protect my daughters, but I strongly believe that continuing to mask 2-4 year olds is unnecessary, a belief supported by science,” said dr Megan Martin. who had two children aged 6 and 4.
Masking young children hinders their development and must be abandoned, she argued.
The policy “is doing real damage to their educational and social growth,” she said. “And it was the oath I took as a doctor to first do no harm that brought me here today.”
Participants argued that COVID-19 does not pose a significant risk to young children and that figures from the American Academy of Pediatrics support their argument.
The organization found that 0.1% to 1.5% of COVID cases in children resulted in hospitalization and 0.00% to 0.01% ended in death.
“There is no justification for the fact that we placed the highest burden on the children who were least at risk,” said Maud Maron, a parent and Manhattan congressional candidate.
Harlem’s mother, Lauren Mapp, said early masking stunts routine educational progress in young children.
“I’ve seen firsthand what masking does to these kids, especially my own,” she said. “She’s just learning how to speak and express herself.”
Mayor Eric Adams has cautiously defended his decision in recent days, arguing that masking is necessary for younger children as they are not yet eligible for vaccinations.
Hizzoner said he expects the 4-and-under mask mandate to be lifted soon, urging the city’s parents to be patient.
Attorney Michael Chessa, who is filing the case against the city, said there was no time to wait.
“In that case, we are saying that that rule or regulation is unconstitutional and that both must be stopped immediately from going forward,” he said at the rally.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/07/parents-swarm-city-hall-to-protest-continued-mask-mandates-for-kids-under-4/ Parents are flocking to City Hall to protest the continued mask requirement for children under the age of 4