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After months of persistent parent protests, Mayor Adams has finally announced the lifting of the toddler mask mandate in schools — just in time for school to end.

“I have always said that the science will guide us out of the pandemic, and because we have followed the data, which shows that cases are steadily falling, we’ve beaten back the latest COVID-19 surge,” an announcement from the Mayor’s Office last Thursday stated.

Members of the Queens College community honored 123 loved ones lost to Covid in a Yellow Heart Memorial event last Wednesday in front of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library. Administrators and elected officials offered greetings and the names of the deceased were read aloud.

The event was spearheaded and hosted by students and sisters Danielle and Jessica Alejandro, third from left and far right respectively at top, gathered with their parents Lisa and Alex Alejandro, first and third from left behind Danielle, respectively; Kayla Cato, Office of Student Development and Leadership coordinator, second from left.

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Experts are warning of an uptick in Covid cases throughout New York City following recent holiday gatherings and the upward trend is expected to continue.

“I’m sure the infections will increase right now given the mask mandate is off at this moment,” said Dr. Rishi Malhan, director of hospital medicine at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. “It’s post-Easter and post-Passover so we will definitely see an uptick of infections as we go further into the summer. The good thing is, it is not as severe as Delta,” he said of the new BA.2 subvariant.

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After a legal back-and-forth, Mayor Adam’s mandate for toddlers to be masked in school and daycare due to a slight uptick in Covid cases will remain.

Last Friday, a court ruled against the mask mandate for children under 5 years old and Mayor Adams and City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan quickly responded in a press conference that they would still not make masks optional for the age group.

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Just hours after a court ruling denying the current mask mandate for children under 5, Mayor Adams and City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said they will still hold off on making masks optional for the age group due to a slight rise in Covid cases.

“Our legal team is going to put in place an appeal and ask for a stay,” Adams said in a press conference today. “We truly believe this is within our powers to execute what is best for the city of New York and the legal team is going to take the necessary steps to ensure that we are able to do that, to keep New Yorkers safe and to be successful in the recovery that we have witnessed.”