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No masks for primary school kids as 15 cases recorded

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Primary school children will not be expected to wear masks under the McGowan Government’s back-to-school COVID-19 plan unveiled on Tuesday — but they will have to once case numbers start to rise.

Under the plan, only teachers and secondary students in Perth, Peel and the South-west will be required to wear masks when the new school year starts on Monday.

But Premier Mark McGowan said mask wearing would be introduced for primary school aged students from Year 3 when case loads increased.


“We’ve taken every practicable step to ensure schools are as safe as possible in the current environment, for both staff and students,” he said.

“But we retain the capacity to boost measures in the event of a large scale outbreak.”

Neither he nor Education Minister Sue Ellery could say how many daily infections would constitute a “high case load” – the trigger for expanding mask wearing to all students from Year 3 and above.

It comes as 15 new local COVID cases were recorded overnight, including two with no links to previous infections.

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