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Anti-vaxxers call for school walk-out on Friday in protest against kids wearing masks

It comes as the government recommend pupils in third class and above wear face coverings to school

Clodagh Meaney

Anti-vaxxers have called for a school walk-out in protest against children wearing masks in primary school.

The demonstration is set to take place on Friday December 3rd at 12pm outside the Dáil.

“Calling on parents and children across Ireland to unite in a mass gathering at Dáil Éireann,” a promotional poster for the school strike reads.

“Minister Donnelly, we will not comply with your inhumane mask mandate for primary school children.”

“Let’s lead by example and show our children what democracy looks like!”

The poster also boasts that they will be joined by “inspirational speakers, teachers, therapists, special needs parents and more!”

The rally is supported by ‘Enough is Enough’ a group that describe themselves as “campaigners for truth and civil rights, freedom and bodily autonomy.”

It comes as the government has recommended that children in third class and above wear masks in school in a bid to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 infection.

The recommendations are to take effect immediately and will be reviewed again by NPHET in February.

Medical exemptions will apply to any pupil with difficulty breathing or other relevant medical conditions and any pupil who is unable to remove the cloth face-covering or visor without assistance.

Exemptions will also apply to “any pupil who has special needs and who may feel upset or very uncomfortable wearing the cloth face covering or visor, for example pupils with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity.”

Schools have also been told that they are best placed to identify those children whose complex needs are such that the wearing of face covering may not be possible for them, and to discuss this with parents as required.

November 27th protest

“In such circumstances a school may not require medical certification to provide an exemption to the wearing of face coverings. In other circumstances where a medical certificate is not provided that person (staff or pupil) will be refused entry to the school,” guidelines state.

Pupils from third class and up on the primary transport scheme will also be required to wear face masks/coverings subject to the exemptions above.

On Saturday, November 27th, hundreds of demonstrators congregated outside the GPO to protest against further Covid related restrictions.

Attendees rallied in a bid to show their opposition to vaccine passports, vaccine boosters and the further extension of Covid restrictions.

Traffic chaos hit the city as buses, cars and the Luas were unable to pass through O’Connell Street.

It came as the government announced a midnight curfew for hospitality and extended the use of vaccine certificates into entertainment venues such as theatres and cinemas.

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