• May 1, 2020 2:47 PM

Are children required to wear masks in order to attend childcare facilities?

Are children required to wear masks in order to attend childcare facilities?

Are children required to wear masks in order to attend childcare facilities? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

Children are not required to wear facial coverings in order to attend childcare facilities.

The Health Officer recommends against facial coverings for children younger than age two (2).

For children two (2) years of age or older, the Health Officer encourages (but does not require) parents and childcare providers to follow the guidance of the American Association of Pediatrics when masking children over two years of age.  (https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/masks-and-children-during-covid-19/).  Facial Covering practices should be consistent with the cognitive and developmental capabilities of the child when in a childcare setting.  Naptime is an exception to the masking requirement as children should not be masked when they are sleeping; napping children should observe social distancing (nap 6 feet apart).