A New York City judge has barred a father from visiting his 3-year-old daughter unless he is vaccinated against COVID-19 or submits to weekly tests.
Justice Matthew Cooper ruled in the divorce hearing allowing the father to visit his daughter in person while unvaccinated is “not in the child’s best interests,” according to the New York Post. The father, who was unnamed in the court’s opinion, has already recovered from the COVID-19 virus.
“Here, in-person parental access by defendant is not in the child’s best interests, and there are exceptional circumstances that support its suspension,” Cooper wrote on October 7. “The dangers of voluntarily remaining unvaccinated during access with a child while the COVID-19 virus remains a threat to children’s health and safety cannot be understated.”