New York City To Allow Child Care Centers To Reopen Next Week

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July 07, 2020 - 4:52 pm

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced child care centers can soon reopen in New York City.

    The city’s Board of Health approved the proposal late Tuesday to allow 3,000 child care centers to open on July 13. 

    Currently, there are 125 centers open for the children of essential workers.

    The city doesn't anticipate the number of kids would return to normal because people are choosing to keep their children at home.

    However, the mayor notes that the reopening of child care centers will be a great relief for parents. 

    “I’ve talked to so many parents who are trying their best to support their kids, be at home educators, still, somehow, either hold down a job or try to find a new job – try to make ends meet. It’s been really, really tough for parents. So, bringing back child care is crucial,” de Blasio said. 

    Mayor de Blasio says the goal or the reopening is to provide working parents with a safe option as they go back to work.

    Once reopened, there will be strict safety requirements in place including no more than 15 children per room, social distancing, face coverings for staff, daily health screenings and regular disinfection.

    Staff will also be required to limit the sharing of items, including toys, according to the mayor.

    The Department of Health and Mental Health will inspect programs to verify compliance. 

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