Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, said while the law does not allow for children under eight to be prosecuted, parents/guardian are still advised to encourage younger children to mask up.
He said the new Public Health legislation allows for a mask, a face covering or a face shield that covers the nose, mouth and the chin.
The AG said yesterday that if your child is on his/her own and without a mask, your child can be fined via the fixed penalty notice position and you will go to the Children’s Court to pay the penalty or in the court pay system.
On the other hand, he said “If you are in the company of your child, you are a person with responsibility for this child, you are a parent, guardian, et cetera, you can be an uncle carrying the child out, you can be exposed to the fines yourself.”
Al-Rawi said the law recognises that children under eight are not capable of having criminal intent and the correct age required by law was eight and above.