AG defends mask wearing legislation relating to children

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    Attorney General Faris Al Rawi has defended and clarified the recent mask wearing legislation as it pertains to children.

    During today’s health conference, the AG reaffirmed that children over the age of eight who are alone in public without a mask, could be issued a fixed penalty notice.

    Mr Al Rawi pointed out that laws compelling children to wear masks have been strongly recommended by the World Health Organization and have been instituted in a number of countries.

    He added that this country’s Children’s Act will also come into play, which means their parents or guardian must appear in the Children’s Court with them and will have to bear the penalty.

    The AG also insists that Government does not intend to backtrack on the position that persons wear a mask when in a private vehicle with others, even if they are from the same household.