José Manuel Rodrigues today (3rd November) confirmed two new pandemic protection changes. The first is that all children aged six years-old and above will be required to wear face masks. This proposal will be voted on at the Legislative Assembly tomorrow.
This change is designed to take into account ‘our population density and follows a recommendation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) together with the fact that we already have some positive cases in children, who attend local schools in the Region.’
Once the first change has been approved by Legislative Decree, the second change will be implemented. This stipulates that the Legislative Decree will remain in force for one month “while at national level it is in effect for 70 days, and it is likely to be extended if the pandemic situation does not change”.
Jose Manuel Rodrigues went on to say that as everyone is aware the situation is becoming urgent was was discussed this morning by the Health and Social Affairs Commission. The move has already been analysed and will be voted on in the plenary session. Once approved it will be sent to the Lord Representative of the Republic, for the purposes of assessing its legality and constitutionality.
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