OEC Releases New COVID-19 Mask Guidance

Last updated February 28, 2022

Today, the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) released COVID-19 memo #49, which addresses changes to requirements for wearing masks and face coverings in child care.

As outlined in the memo, as of February 28:

  • Masks and face coverings are no longer required for adults in child care facilities (in accordance with the order issued by the Public Health Commissioner)
  • Masks are no longer required for children age 3 years and older while in child care centers, group child care homes, family child care homes and youth camps (a decision after consultation with the Office of the Governor, Department of Education, and Department of Public Health)

While the statewide requirements for mask wearing by children and staff in child care and youth camp facilities will no longer be in place, OEC — in consultation with the Department of Public Health — recommends the continued use of facial covering masks by children and staff in these settings.

Read the complete Memo #49 in English or in Spanish. You can also review our updated COVID-19 guidance for child care and youth camp programs.