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School District Opts To Reopen Schools, Make Face Masks Mandatory

TAMPA, FL — The Hillsborough County superintendent of schools has announced that students and staff returning to public schools on Aug. 10 will be required to wear face masks.

After meeting with health officials, business leaders, teachers and school administrators, Superintendent Addison Davis said he believes masks are the best option at this time for keeping students and staff safe from the spread of the coronavirus on campus.

The district will provide three reusable face coverings for each student on the first day of school and three reusable face coverings for each staff member during back-to-school pre-planning.

“The CDC has identified face masks as one of the most effective tools in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Davis said. “I believe face coverings is the best option we have for providing additional protection for everyone on our campuses.”

He said the county has already acquired 760,000 masks through purchases and donations.

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Marietta Schools Make Masks Mandatory For Coming School Year

EAST COBB, GA — Marietta’s schools became the first in metro Atlanta Thursday to mandate that its students wear masks for the coming year.

In an email sent to students’ families Thursday night, superintendent Grant Rivera said face coverings would be required for all students from pre-K to 12th grade, according to The Marietta Daily Journal. Masks also would be required for staff and visitors, both in buildings and in buses.

Students were encouraged to bring their own washable masks, but disposable masks would be provided for students who didn’t have one.

“I acknowledge the decision to wear a face covering is very personal,” Rivera wrote in the email. “I also acknowledge, as we prioritize the safety of students and staff, that we are committed to being on the safe side of medical research and on the progressive side of student and staff safety.”

The Marietta mandate comes as other

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U.K. Sets Safety Guidelines For Cinema Reopening But Masks Not Yet Mandatory

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The UK Cinema Association has published safety guidelines for the reopening of cinemas, less than 10 days before some movie theaters are set to open. Face coverings in cinemas are not mandatory, in line with U.K. law.

Guidelines reflect advice from a working group of senior executives from over a dozen of the U.K.’s largest cinema operators, as well as input from the group’s wider membership.

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The guidelines include:

  • Measures to ensure social distancing at every point during a visit to the cinema, with a particular emphasis on auditoriums
  • Enhancing cleaning and hygiene regimes, including the provision of antibacterial gels stations for cinema-goers throughout each site
  • The installation of plastic screens at key contact points to help protect customers and staff
  • Encouragement wherever possible of online booking, e-ticketing and contactless payment
  • Revised scheduling of films to allow time for cleaning
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Face Masks Will Not Be Mandatory At UK Cinemas, Say Country’s Full COVID Guidelines

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Today, the UK Cinema Association (UKCA) has published its set of coronavirus preventative measures for exhibitors to adhere to from July 4 when they begin re-opening.

This week, individual chains such as Odeon, Showcase and Cineworld have been outlining their plans. They have followed a similar path of increased hygiene, ventilation, distancing, managing capacity and online purchases, all of which are ratified in today’s UKCA document. Showcase even put together a short video illustrating how the procedures might look in practice.

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But what everyone has been waiting for is the answer to a crucial question – will face masks be mandatory? Cineworld workers, for example, have been petitioning the company this week after its CEO said it would make masks a requirement for staff but not for customers.

Today’s doc effectively confirms that masks will not be part of the

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