Jul 03, 2020

Facemasks, not compulsory for school children

Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe says that it is not compulsory for school children to wear facemasks while in the classroom.

He emphasized that this is clearly stated in the circular containing the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Education.

Dr. Jasinghe says wearing masks when arriving at the school and departing after school, is not a problem.

However, continuing to wear a facemask for around 6 hours daily could result in other health complications, he had warned. 

Therefore, removing the facemask and putting it in a clean cover is recommended, he added.