Children, from 9 years old, will they be forced to wear the mask? “Important measures must be taken in the education sector“, said Alexander De Croo at the press conference, but it will be up to the education ministers to decide.
The Consultative Committee has issued a series of recommendations for schools, in particular on ventilation, social distancing, extracurricular activities and wearing a mask, but it remains for the education ministers to decide, Pierre-Yves Jeholet told the RTBF microphone just before the press conference. Closures would not be on the agenda. On the other hand, the feasts of Saint-Nicolas will be canceled, announced the Minister-President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
The ministers will meet over the weekend, the prime minister said. “We know that the world of education is very heterogeneous and the ministers will meet to put in place additional measures “.
This Thursday, the Gems recommended the obligation to wear a mask from the first year of primary, so from 7 years. Frank Vandenbroucke wanted it to be compulsory from 9 years old. As a reminder, it is already compulsory from 10 years old, except in French-speaking education. For his part, Corona Commissioner Pedro Facon planned to strengthen the tracing and testing system in cases of Covid-19 in establishments.
Regarding extracurricular activities, no major changes at this stage: the public is no longer allowed during sports meetings indoors, except for parents of young athletes under 18.