Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is urging teachers and parent to remind students that they should wear their facemasks on their way home.
“In fact, I noticed that when the students come out of the bubble to go home, lunchtime and in the afternoon — one afternoon last week, at about 3:05, 3:10, I drove down back street and I saw about 60, 70 students from different schools. I only saw one student from the St. Joseph’s convent in her uniform that she had on the mask,” the prime minister said on NBC Radio on Wednesday.
The government says that the wearing of mask to and from school is highly recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However, neither students nor teachers are expected to wear facemask during classes as the home and school are considered as “bubbles”.
“We have to make sure that the teachers remind the students, the parents remind the students.”
He further said that he knows that the wearing of facemasks is not an easy thing.
“But we have to get accustomed to the idea and it is just in case — we are going to have to make sure that persons wear them,” the prime minister said.
“They are highly recommended. Highly recommended doesn’t mean not required to be worn. If they give you a textbook and say it’s highly recommended, it may not be a required text but it is a highly recommended text from which you can learn a great deal. And, therefore, should be embraced. So I’m urging everyone with that,” Gonsalves said.