New York State has announced that it is planning to relax mask guidelines for schools and summer camps.

This is all according to a letter state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to CNY Central, in the letter Zucker cites the need for clear rules since many camps happen on school grounds. The state health department doesn’t plan to require students, campers or staff to wear masks indoors, even if they’re not vaccinated. However, each school or camp can choose to make stricter rules for their individual location.

The state plans to adjust to the following guidelines pending potential input from the CDC:

- Indoors, mask use will be strongly encouraged but not required for students, campers, and staff/teachers/counselors who are not fully vaccinated.
- Outdoors, masks are not required; students, campers, and staff/teachers/counselors who are not fully vaccinated are “encouraged” to wear a mask in certain higher-risk circumstances.
- Both indoors and outdoors, students, campers, and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks.
- Schools and camps may choose to implement stricter standards."

The state plans to make the adjustment as soon as June 7th.

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