Parents of minors banned from public places in Rockland County and supporters will be staging a protest and civil disobedience today at 10 am at the Palisades Centre Mall in West Nayck. The gathering will be at the carousel.
The protest is in response to an order issued Tuesday by Rockland County Executive Ed Day banning minors under the age of 18 from all public places if they have not been vaccinated with at least one dose of the measles/mumps/rubella/vaccine. This is the first time in American history that otherwise healthy children have been banned from public places for their vaccination status. There have been 153 cases of measles in Rockland County since last November. As of Tuesday there were four confirmed active cases of measles in Rockland county which has a population of 328,000.
The ban is scheduled to last thirty days but unvaccinated children at private schools in the county have been kept out of school since November so the the possibility of extensions appears quite high.
The ban affects several hundred children at public high schools, and thousands of students at private schools in the county's large orthodox and ultra-orthodox Jewish community, who have religious exemptions from vaccine mandates to attend school.