Face masks compulsory when schools reopen in Greece

When the bell rings for the beginning of the school year, students who refuse to wear masks will not be allowed to attend classes, said Greek Education Minister Niki Kerameos.

“In case children refuse to wear a mask, or they are encouraged by parents not to, all the pedagogical measures provided will be followed,” she told state television ERT.

Interior Minister Panagiotis Theodorikakos also said that municipal authorities are obliged to ensure the necessary conditions for the safe opening of schools in September.

His comments were made during a teleconference with the board of the Central Union of Greek Municipalities.

It is recalled Theodorikakos signed the decision for the first instalment of the €6.2 million extraordinary subsidy related to the supply of fabric face masks for the pupils and the teachers of all the primary and secondary education institutes.

Additional cleaning staff will also be hired to meet the increased sanitation needs.

The announcement for the start date of schools will be made on September 1.

According to sources, schools will reopen on September 14 and not on the 7th as originally planned.