States Order Tots to Mask Up

Several states are issuing mandates for children ages 2 to 4 to wear face masks in public settings, including in daycare and learning centers.

A number of states require adults to make a “good faith effort” to mask up toddlers. As of April 28, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Michigan New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont encourage toddler masks. Regardless of state, toddlers are required to wear masks while on airplanes and on public transportation, just like adults, under an order by the Biden administration.

The April 16 policy signed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and updated May 6 relies on the CDC guidelines and data based on transmission and severity in older generations, not the impacted age group. Although many states have removed masks altogether, Whitmer suggested she may remove mask orders if more people in the state receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Now while I can’t predict with certainty when we’ll hit 70 percent, if we all do our part, I know we can get there together,” Whitmer said during a news conference on April 29.

Thirty-nine percent of Michigan’s residents are fully vaccinated.


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