Schools reopen in Italy, 5.6m children go back to class

Photo: EPA Students have their temperature checked as they arrive at Baricco primary school in Turin on 14 September.

Schools reopened in much of Italy on Monday for the first time since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in early March, ANSA reported. Some 5.6m pupils are back in class in 12 regions, plus the autonomous province of Trento.

The reopening of Italy's schools is a big test for the State and for Premier Giuseppe Conte's government. Students must be at least one metre apart from each other while in class. They are allowed to lower their facemasks during lessons. Pupils at some schools where it is not possible to respect the one-metre rule, however, will have to wear masks throughout the day.

Education Minister Lucia Azzolina said 94m masks have been sent to Italy's schools.

 

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