Mask-less students gather outside Gozo Sixth Form

Sixth Form students

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A group of students have gathered outside Sir M.A. Refalo in Victoria, Gozo on Monday morning.

Sources speaking to this newsroom explained that the students were not wearing masks and were not maintaining the necessary distance as mandated by the health authorities.

The health ministry reduced the maximum number of people allowed to gather in public open spaces to 10 persons from 15, only last week. The measure does not apply to people living in the same residence.

The measure was implemented in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

On Monday, the post-secondary school opened its doors to first year students.

Despite the school being in close proximity to the police station, no report was filed about the public gathering.

Persons caught in groups of more than 10 are fined €100 per person per infringement.

Newsbook.com.mt has reached out to the school asking for a reaction regarding the gathering outside the school on Monday. The school was asked to clarify what mitigation measures have been implemented to reduce the risk of an outbreak in the school.

In a notice issued on 1 October to its students, Sir M.A. Refalo announced that its doors would open on Monday at 8am. During the first hour, the students had the opportunity to get familiar with the school. Students had a virtual phone call with the head and assistant heads of the school at 8.55am.

In his letter to the students, head of school Daniel James Cassar explained that the blended lessons would be blended between virtual and face-to-face lessons. Lecturers who are deemed vulnerable due to health conditions can deliver their lectures from home however students are required to be physically present in class and follow from there.

Second year students attending Sir M.A. Refalo got a more detailed notice regarding the mitigation measures which have been implemented. These include:

  • Students have to use different flight of stairs when they are going up to a different storey in the school except in the Science Wing.
  • Students are being urged to practice frequent hand hygiene and make use of hand sanitizer which is made available at different points around the school.
  • Students have to wear a mask and refrain from physical contact with other students.
  • Students who feel unwell should stay home.
  • Students should refrain from arriving early to school and should arrive just on time to go into class.
  • Students may buy food and drink from the canteen but cannot remain there to eat.

People not wearing masks on Gozo Ferry

Despite not wearing a mask when using public transport is subject to a fine, many have been spotted on the Gozo Ferry without one.

Sources have highlighted that this is a persistent occurrence on the Gozo Ferry.

Sources have explained that those making use of their own vehicle are being allowed on board without a mask.

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