Students under 12 allowed to wear reusable face shields – Ismail Sabri

Face shields are as effective as face masks. – Today photo

By Chew Lip Son

PRIMARY school students will be allowed to wear reusable face shields instead of single use face masks to help ease the financial burden of the lower income group.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the Health Ministry had given the nod for this today.

He added that the government was aware aware that face masks could be a burden to the lower income group, despite the ceiling price for the item having been slashed several times over the past few months.

“I had suggested that we allow face shields for school children, especially those at primary schools, as done in China now. The Health Ministry has agreed to allow children under 12 to use the face shield. It will be better if they have the face shield on in addition to wearing the face masks.

“However, the face shield itself serves as a protection. This is to assist pupils from poor families as I was told that it is priced between RM3 and RM5 and it can be reused for months,” he said during a press conference at the Parliament today.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said foreigners will be allowed to perform their prayers at mosques from Sept 1 onwards.

He said they will, however, have to register themselves first and that the mosque could decide if they are able to accommodate them.

Ismail also announced that the government would allow spouses and children of Malaysians to enter the country.

He added that many of them were separated due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).

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