DOH votes to approve the reopening of child care centers in New York City
As the city continues to reopen after the months-long shutdown, many parents are concerned about child care as they return to work.
On Tuesday, the city Board of Health approved a proposal to rescind the April order that required those programs to close.
There are currently 125 day care facilities open, but only for essential workers.
The reopening of day cares would have to follow strict New York State guidelines on cleaning and social distancing. That includes not having more than 15 children per room.
Face coverings would be mandated for all staff and some children. There will also be daily health screenings, including temperatures being taken.
There will also be a limited sharing of things like toys along with frequent cleanings and disinfecting.
The approval allows the centers to reopen as early as this coming Monday, if they’re ready.
Some public health officials say this could also be a good indicator to see if schools can be open in the fall.