More rules imposed on schools in Latvia

 Government decided November 24 to impose stricter restrictions on education, including a three-square-meter area for one pupil, LETA reported Tuesday.

Government has decided that for pupils in grades 1 to 6, if the educational institution decides to organize the learning process on-site, a minimum of three square meters of area will have to be provided per pupil starting 30 November. If necessary, one class may be divided into groups.

Experts explain that children aged 10 to 12 have seen a rapid increase in COVID-19, comparable to adult infection trends, as well as outbreaks at schools with high numbers of pupils. It can therefore be concluded that there are still high risks of COVID-19 spread in educational establishments.

In order to reduce the distribution of COVID-19 in educational establishments, it is necessary to establish an obligation to provide more area per student, so that the possibility of observing distance between the teacher and children during the course of the educational process is ensured, and the overcrowding of rooms will be avoided.

In addition, epidemiological investigations have shown that the most frequent prevalence of COVID-19 among pupils is due to the fact that children have been infected by the educator.

Therefore, in order to reduce the risk of infection from educator to child, it is necessary for educators to use mouth and nose masks from 30 November both inside and outside the classroom.


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