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One day in, government amends rules for quarantine-free schools

The Health Ministry has updated its guidance on exempting quarantine for schoolkids.

Under the updated rules, unvaccinated children with a family member who is a confirmed carrier will need to stay home for five days, pending a negative antigen test result.

Under the old system, which went into effect this morning, only unvaccinated children who were exposed and refused regular testing needed to stay home.

The ministry also says that those who recover will be exempt from needing to take twice-weekly tests for 60 days, as well as children in special education.

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