ALBANY, NY (NEWS10– A letter from Health Commissioner Dr Howard Zucker outlines new guidelines for wearing masks in schools and camps that are expected to be in place on Monday, unless objected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . School guidance and camp guidance would be the same set of rules.
In the letter, Dr. Zucker cites that the CDC’s guidelines for schools are that all students, teachers and staff should wear a properly fitted mask. Dr Zucker says the guidelines do not differentiate between indoor and outdoor activities and do not include guidelines for those vaccinated.
He then cites CDC guidelines for camps that say mask wear is highly recommended for unvaccinated people indoors. The guidelines also say that outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, people do not need to wear masks except in certain higher risk circumstances. He also says that a fully vaccinated person does not have to wear a mask inside or outside.
New directives expected Monday:
- Indoors, masks will be strongly encouraged but not mandatory for students, campers and staff / teachers / counselors who are not fully immunized.
- Outside, masks are not compulsory; students, campers and staff / teachers / counselors who are not fully immunized are “encouraged” to wear a mask in certain high risk circumstances.
- Indoors and outdoors, fully immunized students, campers and staff do not need to wear masks.
- Schools and camps may choose to apply more stringent standards.
Dr Zucker cites the fact that many camps are held on school grounds and usually deal with children that lining up the boards for both is the right decision. He also asked the CDC to review the guidelines to ensure there is no data or science that would contradict the new rules.
You can read the full letter below: