Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Wear or not wear masks in schools, that is hot potatoes. Nation World News

The political heatwave has passed again.

Education Minister Dominic Cardi could not be more clear on Wednesday. He said public health has asked his department to remove all orders from classrooms, and if public health wants to re-enact a mask order, public health has to do so.

“Otherwise, you’re left with politicians making political decisions,” Cardi said.

He said he has always followed the science and listened to the recommendations of medical experts – and that’s exactly what he intends to do this time as calls come from all directions to make masks mandatory in schools again.

“Ultimately, it’s up to people who go to university for many years and acquire the skills and competencies that I don’t need to provide us with recommendations.”

The bottom line is, he said, it is the responsibility of public health to “set the public health regulations for the province of New Brunswick. And I will continue to support them in that, because that’s really the only option we have.”


Cardi sends the issue of compulsory masking in schools back to public health

Premier Blaine Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell have both said that the Department of Education may choose to make masks mandatory in schools once the statewide restrictions are lifted. Those statements were followed by Education Minister Dominic Cardi’s answer to questions. 1:14

Earlier in the day, the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr Jennifer Russell, said her department had only recommended that the mandatory order be lifted.

“It wasn’t really about recommending people not to wear masks,” Russell said.

“And there’s nothing that stops education from imposing its own rules around masking. But I’ll leave that to education.”

Cardi clearly isn’t going to take her on that offer unless her department recommends it.

Dr Jennifer Russell
New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, Dr Jennifer Russell, says nothing can stop the Department of Education from making masks mandatory in schools. (Shane Magee/CBC)

“If public health chooses to make additional recommendations to the government, I can tell them that I will happily support those measures because I hope they will be based on science. And I am here to use science and evidence in all circumstances.” To support. To date, no such recommendation has been made,” he said.

The health department was asked whether it wants masks in schools and whether it would recommend the same to the education department, but did not receive a response till publication time.

Several medical experts have criticized the government’s removal of mask requirements in schools in recent weeks. And neighboring Nova Scotia reversed its decision to remove mask requirements in schools in that province.

After saying it for the first time, Nova Scotia almost did a face-off three days before students returned to classes from their March break.

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