NY Area Bans Unvaccinated Children from Public Spaces

April 4, 2019

NY City Metropolitan Area has declared a state of emergency and banned children who are unvaccinated against the measles from all indoor “places of public assembly”.

Rockland County – a county which is 40 miles north of NYC and is part of the New York City Metropolitan Area – has declared a state of emergency and banned children who are unvaccinated against the measles from all indoor “places of public assembly” – including schools, public offices, grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, places of worship and public transportation vehicles. Nevertheless outdoor areas, such as playgrounds, are not included, according to county officials. The ban went into effect on 27th March, 2019, barring anyone younger than 18 (excluding infants under the age of 6 months) who is unvaccinated against the measles from all indoor public places.

The ban expires in 30 days and was issued under New York State Executive Law § 24. Law enforcement will not be asking people for vaccination records, but if parents are found to be in violation their cases will be forwarded to the district attorney. Violations will be charged as misdemeanors punishable by up to six months in jail and a $ 500 dollar fine. In the meantime, “anyone who is under 18 years of age and unvaccinated against the measles will be barred from public places until this declaration expires in 30 days or until they receive the MMR vaccination“.

Official Rockland County Press Release

Update April 9, 2019
New York Supreme Court just overturned Rockland County’s ban on unvaccinated children and dismissed the argument of “state of emergency” for not meeting the requirements for an emergency order.