Irregular timetables, the use of a mask and other Covid-19 restrictions will all be dropped in schools when the new school year begins again in September.

According to the Ministry of Education (ME), quoted by Público, the next school year will take place without any measures to combat Covid-19.

Taking into account the current phase of the pandemic and the norm of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) that is in force, “it is up to each person to comply with non-pharmacological measures to prevent infection”, said the ministry supervised by João Costa, adding that it is in “permanent coordination” with the DGS “in order to apply any other measures that may be determined, as a result of the evolution of the pandemic”.

School directors, however, have not yet received an official communication from the Government that there will be no limitations in the academic year that begins in September. The president of the National Association of Directors of Public Groups and Schools (Andaep), Filinto Lima, argues that “there needs to be a communication from the ME or the DGS, the competent entity, to update on the measures for schools”.