Classrooms in Andalucia will remove masks ‘progressively’

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The removal of masks will be done ‘progressively’ in the classrooms of Andalucia indicates Education Minister

During an interview with Canal Sur Radio this Monday, April 18, Manuel Alejandro Cardenete, the new Minister of Education and Sports for Andalucia, indicated that the use of masks in school classrooms would probably be phased out ‘progressively’.

Referencing today’s scheduled meeting, he explained, “we have an important milestone in the Council of Ministers of the Government of Spain, where, in principle, the Royal Decree will tell us what is going to be the norm at the national level. One that we will later have to adapt, and it will be published, I understand, on Wednesday”.

Mr Cardenete suggested that ‘normal’ is that the removal of masks in classrooms “is done gradually and progressively, from the youngest children upwards”. Adding, “I doubt very much that it will start this Wednesday 20. I think we will have to wait a few days, but it will be imminent”.

“The technical committee at the Andalucian level, which is chaired by the Ministry of Health, will give the recommendations for the schools and the administrative centres of the Ministry, and we will have to adapt to what the Ministry says”, he continued.

Adding that “everything seems to indicate that we are going to gradually and progressively remove the masks from the youngest children upwards. Therefore, we wait for what the Ministry says, and the technical meeting of Andalucia and the Ministry will send us the recommendations and activate them”.

Questioned whether it will be Wednesday when the masks begin to be removed among the smallest, the minister was blunt, “I very much doubt that this reaction will occur so quickly. It has to be published, and then we will find out about things published many times through the press, and that later when it is published it is not exactly as it has been said”.

“Secondly, the Ministry will also have, for the entire Andalucian Government, to rule on all the recommendations. I think we will still have to wait a few days, but it will be imminent”, again insisting, “it is normal that we start from the smallest upwards”, he concluded, as reported by


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    • John

      19 April 2022 • 13:53

      Have any of the ‘experts’ and self-important ministers got any evidence whatsoever that masking children (the least affected of all age groups) makes any difference to anything? The UK government tried it earlier this year, and when they were finally forced to present their ‘evidence’ produced a report which said precisely the opposite (ie masks don’t help at all) and were forced to reverse their policy. Masking children is a political, not a medical choice, based on feelings and ideology, not science. It is shameful and verging on child abuse. The Spanish authorities should be ashamed of themselves. Disgraceful posturing to be talking about ‘progressive’ removal, as though they know what they are talking about. Someone please demand that they show concrete proof that muzzling children (which cause great psychological harms) reduces covid transmission rates, as there isn’t any.


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