SEE IT: Baby dons full face mask despite lack of mandate – Washington Examiner

A baby wearing an adult-sized mask was captured in a photo on social media during a domestic flight in New Zealand.

The July 1 flight was traveling from Auckland to Wellington, a flight that generally lasts for just over an hour. An anonymous mother opted to mask her baby with an adult-sized disposable mask with two holes cut into it, as it covered the baby’s face from the eyes down.

Fellow traveler Jandre Opperman took the photo and posted it to a now-private Instagram account.

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“The baby was full [of] joy, jumping around and giggling away. It made the wait to get off the plane a bit more entertaining,” Opperman reported. “I think it was a mix of having a laugh, and trying her best to protect her child with the equipment available to her.”

Opperman also claimed that the mask did not seem tight around the baby and that the mother kept a very close eye on the baby’s comfort.

New Zealand is currently in its “orange phase,” with just under 50,000 COVID-19 cases as of last week. Masks are required by everyone over the age of 12 in most indoor public places and when traveling in cars, ferries, and airplanes.

From August to Tuesday, 11% of cases were children under the age of 9. The same demographic made up 7% of the country’s hospitalized cases.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks for children over the age of 2 only in areas with high levels of COVID-19 cases and that the masks are “well-fitting.”

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