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DOH Clarifies Wearing of Face Masks at School

May 6, 2022

Department of Health

The health department has confirmed that children must continue complying with Regulation 16A on face masks in classrooms and general indoor gatherings.

A recent statement had erroneously indicated that children no longer had to wear masks at school.

The department had announced that, in order to ensure that there is “no gap in terms of legal instruments to contain the spread of COVID-19 and future notifiable medical conditions”, limited regulations were published in Government Gazette 46319 for implementation with effect from 5 May 2022.

The regulations focus on wearing of face masks, gatherings and persons entering the country.

In the latest statement, the department confirmed that the reference to children not wearing face masks is not part of the gazetted health regulations and is “therefore retracted to avoid any misunderstanding of the regulations”.

The department added that face masks are an “effective non-pharmaceutical intervention against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it is more relevant now as the number of COVID-19 positive cases is rising once again”.