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Greece extends school reopening to Sept 14, students to wear masks

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Greek authorities have extended the reopening of schools by a week to September 14, due to a surge in Covid-19 infections, the government said on Tuesday.

The rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has forced Greek authorities to gradually reimpose restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19, during the peak tourism season. The capital Athens and many popular islands have been affected.

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said the extension was necessary for families to return to big cities from summer vacations and spend some time at home before children get back to class.

“We urge all parents to return with the children to their homes in the coming days and to make sure they stay safe … until lessons resume,” Petsas said.

Mask wearing will be mandatory in all indoor spaces of schools across the country, as well as in outdoor spaces where the safety distance of 1.5 metres can’t be kept. Wearing a mask will also be compulsory on school buses.

Education Minister Niki Kerameus said the government will provide free masks to all the pupils of public and private schools, as well as staff.

The country has registered 10,317 Covid-19 infections and 266 deaths. [Reuters, Kathimerini]