Serbia's prominent epidemiologist Dr Predrag Kon said on Aug. 5 the suggestion was that schools should reopen fully in September, but that lower schoolers would have only four lessons a day, 30-35 minutes each with a 20-minute break in between to disinfect the classrooms, with the class size limited to no more than 15 students.
Dr Kon explained in an interview with the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS) that the proposal was to be used as guidance for the new schoolyear, but that it's more likely the schools would organize classes in accordance with their respective capacity and needs.
"Wearing masks at school is a suggestion, and it's not specifically mentioned in this memo, because the mask makes sense when children get up and go out," the doctor said, explaining that if there were only 15 students in a classroom the distance between them was safe enough, even if they didn't wear masks in class.
The member of the government's Covid-19 Crisis Headquarters also said that all indicators suggested the outbreak was slowing down and that the transmission potential of the virus had been reduced. Dr Kon also said that medical check-ups unveiled more near-recovery cases and that the number of those who could spread the virus was going down.