The public health authorities have finalised the new guidelines for schools which were first announced by Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent Charmaine Gauci.
The document was released just days before the start of school on Monday and after many schools revealed that they will stick to old rules due to lack of clarification.
However, many are critiquing the new rules for not providing enough additional information. The major changes concern the use of masks as it will no longer be mandatory to wear them in school.
The document also makes it clear that individuals can decide to wear their mask if they choose to. However, the document does not clarify whether schools can enforce their own rules.
Each school is asked to ‘adapt these guidelines according to the specific setup of the school itself’. It also states that all activities which used to take place pre-COVID should take place keeping in mind mitigation measures.
Parents can also attend indoor seated events such as concerts without any vaccine or test certification.