Starting next week, students in New York City’s public schools will be allowed to go outside without wearing masks

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Starting next week, New York City public schools will no longer require students and staff to wear face masks in outdoor activities on campus, but the indoor mask requirement will remain.The new policy will come into effect next Monday, February 28, when students return from their winter break.Under the new rules, students and staff can remove masks during physical education or outdoor activities during recess.”Throughout the pandemic, our schools have been among the safest places for students and staff because we have implemented gold standard health and safety procedures,” David Banks, the City’s schools commissioner, said in a statement.I am pleased to announce the exciting news that students and staff in New York City public schools will be allowed to safely remove their masks while outdoors.”Previously, New York City required public school students and staff to wear masks at all times on campus, even outdoors.Parents have challenged the requirement in recent months, pointing to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that says people generally don’t need to wear masks in outdoor Settings.On Friday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams told NY1 that his administration is in line with the science in relaxing quarantine policies.”The education secretary has said there is no longer a need for masks in the open, and we will finally look at relaxing some of the other orders that have been put in place in the coming weeks,” Adams said.New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has reportedly said she will review coronavirus testing data from students when they return from winter break in February to determine whether she will lift the state’s school mask ban.