Parents opposed to inclusion of their children in the anti-coronavirus sanitary regime should be prepared to face penalties – as should schools, and the children themselves.

On 1 September, some 4.5 mln elementary and secondary school pupils in Poland commenced the new school year within a sanitary regime comprising temperature checks at the school gates, frequent disinfection of hands, and obligatory face masks in common areas in which safe distances between individuals cannot be observed. Yet many parents are opposed to application of this regime to their children, and some have been addressing official objections to their schools, stating that they don’t want their children included in the temperature-taking, hand-washing, mask-wearing regime.

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