Measles outbreak leads New York county to ban unvaccinated children from public spaces

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By David K. Li

A county just north of New York City declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and banned children not vaccinated against measles from public spaces, officials said.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day cited a state law, which gives local officials sweeping powers “in the event of reasonable apprehension of immediate danger” to the public.

“Effective at the stroke of midnight, Wednesday, March 27, 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,” according to a statement from Rockland County officials.