New York City‘s party-loving mayor was out on the town on Wednesday night, attending a Broadway show and speaking unmasked to the crowd as it emerged that young children are being forced to wear face masks outdoors in parks.
Eric Adams has made a point of being out and about unmasked in the city, rubbing shoulders with celebrities such as Cara Delevigne to promote the idea that New York is back for business.
On Wednesday night he was at a performance of the musical Hamilton, speaking unmasked indoors to the crowd.
His appearance comes as it emerged that children aged two to four are now being told by Adams’s team to wear face masks outdoors, in parks.
Eric Adams, the mayor of New York, is pictured on stage on Broadway, introducing a performance of the musical Hamilton on Wednesday night. His appearance, maskless, comes as children aged two to four are being forced to wear masks outdoors in parks
The mayor is making a name for himself as a social butterfly, frequently seen out on the town
Brooklyn Nature Days, which organizes trips for youngsters in Prospect Park, wrote to parents explaining that their children will still have to wear face coverings outside to comply with Adams’ rule.
The Brooklyn-based organization sent an update to parents saying that the city’s liaison officer from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) told them that masks would still need to be worn – even while outdoors.
‘Our liaison at the DOHMH reached out to let us know that … we should remain masked as we travel through the park in large groups,’ the organization wrote on March 25.
Children will be allowed to take their masks off when they reach a designated ‘play spot,’ the organization added.
‘Because children will still need to have masks on to walk into the park, please have them on your child during check in.’
‘We will also still wear masks on any occasion where we will need to go indoors, such as when we seek shelter in the Picnic House due to extreme weather events.’
Children are pictured out and about in New York City wearing face masks in November. Those aged two to four are the last group to be forced to still wear masks – even outdoors apparently
Children wearing face masks are pictured playing in the park in Manhattan
Eric Adams, the mayor of New York, is pictured partying with model Cara Delevigne on March 28 at a business event
Adams is seen with boxer Floyd Mayweather at the March 28 event. He has made a point of rubbing shoulders with famous faces while he forces children to wear face masks
Adams has been confronted several times in recent days by angry parents after his administration went to court on Friday to get an emergency appeal against a judge who ruled that the masking of the youngsters did not make sense.
Those aged two to four are the last remaining category forced to wear masks, with Adams citing the fact that they remain ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children aged five and above, however, can now go mask-less at school after Adams lifted the mask mandate last month.
But one mother told DailyMail.com that it was absurd that there was no requirement to check the vaccination status of five-year-olds before they go maskless.
‘Why do two to four year olds have to mask, when unvaccinated five-year-olds don’t?’ she said.
A father added: ‘Between nap time and meal or snack time, I think they are mask free about a third of the day anyway.’
Brooklyn Nature Days did not respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com about their policy.
The city’s Health Department has also not responded to DailyMail.com’s inquiries.
Children are seen on March 7, playing outside while forced to wear face masks in the city
Parents demanding that the mask mandate be lifted confronted Adams on Sunday
The news came as Adams continues to face questions about the policy.
On Wednesday, he said that a city attorney who was fired after berating him over the child mask mandates at a press conference was terminated for her ‘inappropriate’ tweets.
Adams told reporters that he had no idea who Daniela Jampel was when the mother of three confronted him during a press conference about mask mandates for kids under age five.
The mayor insisted that the city’s Law Department, where Jampel had worked since 2016, had made the decision to fire her prior to the confrontation at Monday’s press conference.
‘Did not know who she was, did not make the call to fire her,’ said Adams. ‘It doesn’t bother me when people call me names – listen I’m an ex-cop, people have been calling me names for years.
‘But what she tweeted, sent out, it was inappropriate, and the Law Department made the decision and notified me of that prior to that press conference. I had no interaction with that at all.’
Daniela Jampel confronted him during a press conference about mask mandates for kids under age five
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has said that a city attorney who was fired after berating him over child mask mandates at a press conference was terminated for her ‘inappropriate’ tweets
Adams did not clarify which of Jampel’s tweets had triggered her termination, and a Law Department spokesman did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com on Wednesday afternoon.
Jampel is vocal on Twitter, and it’s unclear which of her tweets Adams was referring to
Jampel is vocal on Twitter, and on Friday she had written that her ‘summer goal is to chase down the ineffective and spineless NYC politicians (including @NYCMayor) who do nothing as public health petty bureaucrats continue to force toddlers to mask for no other reason than they can.’
The Law Department previously told DailyMail.com that Jampel had been fired for making ‘made troubling claims’ in public statements.
Adams said on Wednesday that he did not recognize Jampel when she confronted him on Monday.
‘When she spoke, it was clear that she was not a reporter, but what did I do? I said, ‘allow her to speak’,’ he said.
Jampel issued these tweets after her dismissal from NYC’s Law Department, saying she regretted nothing and that ‘the fight continues’
Children are NOT at serious risk from Covid, multiple studies show
Multiple studies have shown young children are not at serious risk from Covid-19.
Data from from American Academy of Pediatrics shows children accounted for about 19 percent of all COVID cases, but less than 0.26% of cases resulted in death.
A study from October found that around half of pediatric Covid cases are asymptomatic, and that was before the more mild Omicron variant became dominant in the U.S.
Hospitalizations of pediatric COVID patients are also rare.
A study in February, found the Pfizer vaccine was only 12% effective at preventing Omicron in five- to 11- year-olds.
The main argument in favor of vaccinating children is to prevent them from spreading the virus but researchers from University of Berlin found, on average, children release less Covid particles into the air. Experts believe people who release lower amounts of aerosol particles when speaking have smaller viral loads, which also means they do not spread the virus at the same level.
The mayor implied that she was part of a group that had threatened city officials.
‘There is a group traveling around this city, banging on my health commissioner’s door, shouting and screaming while his children are inside, threatening his life,’ he said.
‘There’s a group running around this city who is the numerical minority, but they are loud so people believe they are the majority,’ added Adams.
A source close to Jampel told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that her firing ‘could not have been performance related’ as she has been out of the office on maternity leave for several months.
The person also says that Jampel received email notice of her termination within 30 minutes of the press conference, and that her direct supervisor in the Law Department did not seem aware that she was being fired.
The source also strongly disputed City Hall’s claim that Jampel ‘lied’ to get into the press conference by posing as a journalist.
‘She did not pose as a member of the media to crash the press conference as has been reported,’ the source added. ‘She entered the press conference as everyone else did.’
A Law Department spokesman told DailyMail.com in a statement earlier this week: ‘We hold all of our employees to the highest professional standards. In public statements, Ms. Jampel has made troubling claims about her work for the city Law Department.’
‘Based on those statements, the decision had been made to terminate her prior to [Monday],’ the spokesman added.
The statement added that Jampel’s ‘decision to lie to City Hall staff and state she was a journalist at a press conference, demonstrate a disturbing lack of judgment and integrity.’
Jampel on Twitter announced her intention to hire an attorney and told DailyMail.com: ‘I can’t really talk about it, until I have a lawyer.’
Masks harm children’s developmental and social health and are relatively ineffective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, studies show
A January study showed masks make it 20% more difficult for children to recognize faces and, in turn, could affect their ability to socialize and make friends, a fear that is echoed by parents worldwide.
‘[This] could impair children’s ability to navigate through social interactions with their peers and teachers, and this could lead to issues forming important relationships,’ said Dr. Erez Freud, who led the study. ‘Given the importance of faces to social interactions, this is something we need to pay attention to.’
The team recruited 72 children aged six to 14, who were presented with images of faces with or without masks, both upright and inverted.
Results also showed that children process faces differently when looking at a masked, and unmasked face.
Usually, humans process faces as a whole, rather than by their individual features – known as holistic processing. However, the researchers found that when children looked at masked faces, they became more analytical, focusing on individual features.
‘Not only do masks hinder the ability of children to recognize faces, but they also disrupt the typical, holistic way that faces are processed,’ Freud said.
Other experts argued masking children is ineffective without medical grade masks.
Dr. Jennifer Knips, Internal Medicine Specialist and mother of four, echoed the assertion in a Time Magazine op-ed last month: ‘More and more experts have concluded that the evidence for masks in schools doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Many students wear cloth masks that provide little to no protection.’
‘There are several studies that show a minimal reduction in COVID-19 transmission with masks in schools, but the results were not statistically significant.’