AG: Gov't studied Commonwealth mask laws for children

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi

LAWS compelling children to wear masks have been strongly recommended by the World Health Organization and all countries in the Commonwealth, says attorney general Faris Al-Rawi.

Speaking at the Ministry of Health's covid19 media briefing on Wednesday, Al-Rawi addressed issues arising from the legislation debated in the house and Senate on Friday and Saturday.

A child over eight years can be served a fixed penalty notice for not wearing a mask in public, a vehicle or vessel, unless there is a reasonable excuse for not doing so.

He said government analysed the situation in many Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK, along with several Caribbean states.

"And in all these jurisdictions, children are treated with. And in some of these jurisdictions, there is no exception for children of any age at all. In Canada they start at two and in others ten, 12 and 13 years of age."

He referred to the World Health Organization (WHO).

"As it relates to children, the WHO specifically says that children should be regulated by the laws of different countries."

He added that the WHO's prescribed general rule is that children under five should not have to wear masks. However, it advises that children over 12, Al-Rawi said, should be dealt with "exactly like they are adults."

He said children who are fined will be required to appear at their respect district's Children's Court accompanied by their parents or guardians.


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