Mask wearing for children at YMCA child watch

Mask wearing for children at YMCA child watch

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Julia Dedmon started this petition to YMCA CEO

Please help stop the new requirement by the YMCA CEO for young children (toddler, preschool, or early elementary aged) to wear masks during their time at the YMCA child watch.  

We are asking the CEO instead of mask wearing to do a temperature check screening upon arrival by taking the child's temperature.

This requirement (the week of October 5th 2020) placed on YMCA members, goes against the CDC's recommendation (as stated below) for a young child.

There is concern of suffocation for young children and toddlers.  A mask also impedes the child's ability to speak and communicate what they need from child care workers or other children and impedes a child's verbal and social development.

CDC guidelines for Young Children taken directly from the CDC website:

When feasible, staff members and older children should wear masks within the facility. Masks should NOT be put on babies and children under age two because of the danger of suffocation.

Younger children (e.g., preschool or early elementary aged) may be unable to wear a mask properly, particularly for an extended period of time.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html

 

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