The Canadian Government will be releasing guidelines around mask wearing for children before the week is over.
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam talked to reporters about the matter on Tuesday. The Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed that the guidelines would be published later this week.
“Older children over the age of 10 transmit as well as an adult,” said Tam. “Younger kids, even though they transmit at a lower likelihood, can still transmit.”
Nova Scotia released it’s Back To School Plan ahead of the Canadian Government’s announcement. The science and evidence around mask wearing has been changing and if the recommendations are different, Nova Scotia may have to change it’s plan.
In the Back To School Plan it says that the use of non-medical masks is not generally required within the classroom setting of a school.
Grades 10–12, will be required to wear masks in spaces where physical distancing is not possible, such as hallways and common areas. Masks will also be mandatory for all students who ride the bus to school.
Tam said the process to reopening schools is a big area of focus and concern for health officials. She said parents are looking for the “safest way of returning to school.”