Gov. Andrew Cuomo clarified the mishmash of messaging that came from state health leaders over the last three days- noting that mask guidelines would not be loosened that much for students in New York.
Students can go maskless outdoors, but they will still be required to be masked indoors, according to Cuomo.
On Friday, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker sent a letter to the CDC outlining the state’s interest in letting students go maskless throughout the day, which prompted hefty debate over the weekend.
“The adults in the room need to get their act together. Instead of creating chaos and confusion, the state needs to provide clarity. Or better yet, simply get out of the way and let our local school districts work with their local health departments to make these decisions. This pattern of issuing breaking news on Friday afternoons helps no one, and with less than three weeks left in the school year besides. Final report cards will be issued soon. When it comes to its handling of school guidance, the state gets an F,” Sen. Helming said in a statement.
It’s unclear when guidance there might change.