Schools No Longer Have To Enforce Mask Wearing, It’s Now A Choice

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Schoolchildren no longer have to wear face masks in class after the Department of Health published Regulations repealing the mandatory requirement to do so when in an indoor public place.

The Department of Basic Education said it aligns itself and welcomes this new development.

“The wearing of face masks in schools is optional for learners and educators,” said the department.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga supports the repealing of the mask mandate for learners.

”In line with this decision to repeal the regulations, wearing of face masks by learners in classrooms, and indoor gatherings is no longer a requirement,” said Minister Motshekga.  

“Those learners and staff who wish to continue to wear a face mask in schools will be allowed to exercise this option.”

DBE continues to support the Covid-19 Vaccination of all learners aged from 12 years, with parental consent.