Jul 31, 2020
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In the new academic year, students and teachers without antibodies to COVID will be obliged to wear masks

In universities in the new academic year, it will become mandatory for teachers and students to wear masks, except for those who have antibodies to coronavirus, said the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Valery Falkov.

Universities should provide students and teachers with masks, Falkov said at an online meeting with rectors of Russian universities. His words in his telegram channel on Friday are quoted by the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science, Interfax reports.

"Students and teachers who have confirmed the presence of antibodies to the virus can attend classes without masks, but in this case it is necessary to provide the appropriate certificate. When giving lectures, teachers may not use masks," the message says.

Universities will also have devices for air disinfection, and temperature measurement will become mandatory.

"By the new academic year, all entrances to educational buildings should be provided with a thermometry system. This is necessary in order to prevent new foci and reduce the risk of infection," the minister stressed.

"Students from countries with which air traffic is established, upon arrival in Russia, will have to comply with a 14-day quarantine and take a virus test 10-12 days after arriving in the country. Only after that they can be allowed to attend classes. who will not be able to enter the country, universities will provide access to training sessions in an online format. Nonresident students arriving from the "red zone", in order to start their studies, will also have to pass a coronavirus test, "the Ministry of Education and Science said.

During the meeting, the issue of the start date of the new academic year was also raised. "Universities have the right to postpone the beginning of the academic year by two months. However, 92% of Russian higher educational institutions are ready to start the academic year on September 1," said Valery Falkov.

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