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Eric Adams to End NYC School Mask Mandate, “Conservative” on Public Safety

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By: Hellen Zaboulani

On Sunday, Mayor-elect Eric Adams declared he would like to end the mask mandates in New York City schools. As per the NY Post, on a televised interview with CNN’s State of the Union, Adams said he fears masks are preventing kids from making friends and wants to end the school mask mandate when he takes on the role of Mayor on Jan. 1. “If we can find a safe way to do it, I look forward to getting rid of the mask,” Adams said. “Part of the socialization of a child is that smile. Not being able to see the smiles of our children has a major impact…But it must be done with the science so we don’t go back to closing our city down.”

The city’s next mayor also said he considers himself “conservative” when it comes to public safety. The Democrat, formerly the Brooklyn Borough President and a former Police captain, spoke about cracking down on violence in another press meeting on Sunday. “I am conservative on public safety when you see 13-year-old children in our schools stabbed in libraries and a woman was shot while walking down the block with a baby in a carriage,” Adams told NPR’s Weekend Edition, referring to the Thursday night incident in the Bronx, when a 26-year-old woman was shot in the leg by a stray bullet while pushing her 2-year-old daughter in a stroller. “When I use the term ‘conservative’, I have zero tolerance for abusive and criminal and violent behavior.” He said criminals arrested with gun crimes need to be locked up longer to put the brakes on such shootings. “I don’t believe people who discharge guns on Monday should be out of jail on Tuesday, the next day – that’s not acceptable… I know what we need to stop the abusiveness of law enforcement but at the same time get the safety we deserve.”

In regards to children wearing masks in schools, at Thursday’s press briefing Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted he doesn’t see the end in sight for now. Despite the vaccine approval for kids aged 5 to 11, Mayor de Blasio said: “out of an abundance of caution, I would keep the masks in place, at least in the short term because they’ve really worked, because the kids have adapted to them well, the adults have adapted to them well,” de Blasio said. “But I would also say, as an everyday person, I look forward to the day when we don’t need them. We just need to make sure we’re absolutely certain that’s the right moment.”

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