NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will end its school mask mandate for children aged 2 to 4 on Monday, citing the subsiding threat of COVID-19 infections. Mayor Eric Adams said masks would become optional at schools and daycare centers, but nevertheless suggested New Yorkers of all ages continue wearing masks indoors. New York City recorded 241 COVID-19 deaths in May, up from 135 the previous month but still far below the more than 1,040 who died in February and nearly 3,280 who died in January and during the peak of the omicron variant-driven wave.
Photo: FILE – Children and their guardians wearing masks because of COVID-19 pandemic, leave P.S. 64 in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Dec. 21, 2021, in New York. New York City will end its mask mandates for children under 5 on Monday, June 13, 2022, as the threat from COVID infections further subside. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman, File)